A group of us from church share a meal and talk about the Bible each week. The meal is often made up of contributions from different people and a few weeks ago I took this photo of the desserts that were provided.
I don’t usually take photos of the food (I’m too busy eating it!) but what really struck me was the link between Christmas (mince pies) and Easter (hot cross buns) that was on display.
At the moment, many of us are focused on Christmas but can we really understand Christmas without Easter and vice versa?
The Easter clues are all there in the Christmas story.
- Jesus means saviour and he is referred to as the saviour of the world by the angels. The angel also says that Jesus would save his people from their sins.
- When Jesus is presented in the temple, Simeon prophesied that Jesus would be the saviour and he told Mary that ‘a sword would pierce her soul’.
- The wise men brought Myrrh as one of their gifts and this is one of the ingredients in the ointment that was used to embalm Jesus’ body.
Jesus came to this earth to save us and to only think of a baby being born is to miss the point.
Christmas is also essential to the Easter story.
- Jesus had to be human in order to die in our place.
- As Mary stood at the cross and watched her son die, I am sure that she was reminded of the words of Simeon as she felt hurt and wounded in a way that few of us could understand.
- When Jesus rose from the dead he came back with a resurrection body. Prior to his death he showed us what humanity should look like and after his resurrection he showed us what our eternal life will look like (please note that there is no plucking harps or sitting on clouds involved).
Jesus came to this earth in humanity to save us and to only think of him on the cross is to miss the point.
So, do you prefer Christmas or Easter?
Christians should be people who love both equally as we celebrate that God became human and that he came into this world to save us through his death and resurrection.
We shouldn’t be Christmas or Easter people, we should be people who are somewhere in-between.