What Easter Means to Me

By Beth Tidwell

5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. 6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’” (Mark 16:5-7, NIV)

Growing up in a Jewish family, I was never really exposed to what Easter was about.  I knew my friends got Easter baskets and got new Sunday clothes (step-dad owned a clothing store), but it wasn’t a big deal.  We had Passover and I remember the matzo being covered and having dinner with family as a child.  I’m sure we went to Synagogue too.  We mainly only went on holidays.  I participated but didn’t comprehend the meaning of it either.

It wasn’t until my husband (Jerry) and I started dating that I was “exposed” to Easter AND a Southern Baptist Church!!  Wow, talk about shaking in your shoes at church and an eye opening experience!  Even then, not being a “Jesus” believer, I just gathered up my pocketbook and exited very quickly to the car afterwards.  I don’t think I even commented on the service.  A couple years later, we married and I had two step-daughters, then we had two children together.  We did the egg hunts, bought the pretty outfits, attended church with his family each year and of course I always looked forward to Easter lunch at Jerry’s parents’ house!!  That was just the routine for me.

Fast forward some 20 years later, after attending Church at The Well and being in a Life Group for several years, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior!  I’ll be honest.  When I think about Easter, I immediately visualize scenes from the movie “The Passion of The Christ” and what a gut wrenching affect it had on me (still does).  Yes I read my Bible but I’m a visual person and THAT made a huge impact on me realizing the unbelievable sacrifice that was made for ME & all of us.  Jesus was perfect and died for OUR sins. He is risen.  He will return!  He took the punishment we deserve.  He gives us all an opportunity of new life through a relationship with Him!  He symbolizes that eternal life is granted to all who believe in Him.  He IS life!  Thankful that THIS is what Easter means to me now.

Let my life forever praise the glory of Your name Lord.  There is no one higher than You.