“Can anyone tell me what happened on Easter?” the pastor in an affluent inner city parish asked. There was total and utter silence.
The pastor, persisting, asked again politely, “Now I know that someone here knows what happened on Easter a long, long time ago.” Again, total silence.
Finally, visibly frustrated, the pastor asked more forcefully, “Will somebody, anybody, please tell me what happened on Easter Sunday!”
Finally, little Freddie (never at a loss for words) tentatively raised his hand and said, “They killed Jesus!”
“That’s right,” said the pastor, “And then what?”
“They put him in the ground!” (Freddie spoke with more confidence).
“Right! Right! Very good!” the proud pastor affirmed, “and then what?”
“And he was there for three days!” continued Freddie, now fully trusting his voice.
“And then what?” the pastor continued.
“And on Easter morning, Jesus comes out of the ground!” continued Freddie, now fully confident he had it all right.
“Wonderful! Amazing! Perfect!” the pastor joyfully agreed.
And then Freddie continued, ”And if Jesus sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of bad weather, six more weeks of winter!”
Source | As heard and remembered
during a recent conference I happened to be part of.
A lot of people are like little Freddie – they know bits and pieces about the Easter story, but the details are not all that clear. In the midst of easter bunnies and colourfully painted eggs, it’s easy to forget the real meaning of greatest festival of faith: Easter!
Today, and in the coming days, consider this: what is Easter for you” What does it mean? And what difference does it make in your life?