1 Peter 1:3: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
Why doesn’t the Church make as big a deal over Easter as it does over Christmas?
Our hope depends entirely on the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. If Jesus did not rise from the dead, if all this is just a myth or a profound story, our faith is vain and empty (1 Cor. 15:13-20). If Christ did not rise from the dead, you are still in your sins.
We should celebrate Easter in the same way we celebrate Christmas, if not more! If all Jesus did was become man, live a good life, and then die like every other man, we would be without hope in the world. Lots of men have lived good lives, but their obedience does not profit us at all. Our hope of redemption is not a cute little babe laying in a manger. Christ came to us while we were still enslaved in Egypt. Christ came to us in the dark night of sin. We need to hear more about sin and depravity at Christmas, and we need to have more resurrection-feasting and resurrection-celebration at Easter.
This is not simply a question of how to celebrate non-Biblical holidays. Liberals love the baby Jesus, but they hate the Son of God reigning at God’s right hand. They don’t have to submit and bow the knee to a baby, though wise men do. I don’t think it’s coincidence that our culture loves Christmas and neglects Easter and Ascension Day. We want peace, love, and joy to all the earth, but we suppress the fact that peace and love can only be found through the crucifixion. Joy only comes when we are crucified with Christ—and crucifixion involves pain, to say the least.