Honoring Easter as a Family

Jesus’ death and resurrection is the crux of Christian faith, life, and hope. What we celebrate on Easter must be the principle point of our lives, our churches, and our families all year around. We love Easter because it provides simple and enjoyable time with family, both in and out of church, but there is no other event in human history which boldly proves God’s glory and forwards our families to know and cherish God deeply.

1 Peter 1:3-4 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.”

Read the story as a family. Nothing outdoes the benefits of reading Scripture aloud with your family, by it the Spirit produces and refines faith. Christ’s death and resurrection is the pinnacle revelation of God’s glory, mercy, salvation, and invincibility. If ever there was a story the Spirit would delight in using to produce and refine faith in the hearts of your family it is the Easter narrative! This Easter, slow down and read the story of Christ’s death and resurrection aloud as a family.

Feel the weight of Christ’s death as a family. Reflect on the purpose and necessity of Christ’s death. Peter says Christ died to give us new life. This was an act of great mercy because those in sin are God’s enemy. Nevertheless, God loves us so much He gave His son so that whoever should believe on Him would have eternal life with Him. This Easter, consider how incredibly merciful and personal Christ’s death on your behalf is as a family.

Celebrate the victory of Christ’s resurrection as a family. Reflect on the victory of Christ’s resurrection. Peter says Christ’s resurrection provides new life and thus a living hope fastened to an invincible inheritance. The believer is bound to sin no more, free to honor God with his/her whole being. Moreso, the believer has a palpable hope that nothing, not even death itself, will ever separate them from their God. This Easter, consider how powerful Christ’s victory over the grave is, both now and in the future, as a family.

Honor the exaltation of Christ as a family. Reflect on the glory of the risen King. Peter starts with praise to God for raising Christ from the dead. Yet, God exalted Christ to life and to heaven’s throne, where He now receives praise evermore and protects His people’s inheritance. God is glorious, deserving of all praise, but better yet, in Christ, God shares His glory with us! And one day, when Christ returns and brings His people unto Himself for all eternity, we will exalt God in perfection. This Easter, consider how glorious God is to share His life and glory as a family.

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