Easter: Had the Experience
There’s a line from T.S. Eliot that has stayed with me: “We had the experience but missed the meaning.” Easter can be like this. It can become a day on which we celebrate what happened in the past rather than explore what it means for us today.
For the first followers of Christ, the crucifixion and resurrection had deeply personal meaning. The Apostle Paul said, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me” (Galatians 2:19-20). In this Paul is saying that he is a new person who now bears the hope that he can share in the abundant life that Jesus showed us.
Easter is the day we embrace that we too can be transformed. It is about endings and beginnings. Through faith in Christ, we can end that which holds us back and begin that which launches us forward. This Easter, don’t go for the experience. Search for the meaning. When we grab hold of its significance for our lives, we will never be the same!