Resurrection Day vs. Christmas?

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.

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2 thoughts on “Resurrection Day vs. Christmas?

  1. Good observations. Actually, the church has historically celebrated Easter more than Christmas: Little Pascha then Big Pascha. This is also evidenced by the fact that there are abundantly more Easter hymns than Christmas hymns. Its the recent church that seems to have confused the little one with the big one.

    The other question is whether the scriptures place greater emphasis on the crucifixion or the resurrection. By His wounds we are healed and yet its the resurrection unto life we need. Perhaps its a both/and. If the events are separated they are destroyed. Like the Trinity: necessarily distinct yet one.

  2. Thanks for the historical note. I get that impression from the fathers, but have never looked into it thoroughly.

    I wonder if the modern emphasis of Christmas started with the Victorians? All bad things generally do 🙂

    And yes, our salvation has to be Trinitarian. There are depths here I have not yet begun to plumb!

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