My young daughter wiggled down in her blanket, as is our nightly routine, and asked for a story - the story of Goldilocks and the three bears, a tale which she had heard earlier that week in her preschool class. I quickly realized that, though I had …
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My young daughter wiggled down in her blanket, as is our nightly routine, and asked for a story - the story of Goldilocks and the three bears, a tale which she had heard earlier that week in her preschool class. I quickly realized that, though I had a basic idea of the plot of the age-old fairytale, I had forgotten large chunks of the story. For the sake of the expectant eyes looking up at me, I cobbled together what I could remember.
"Goldilocks was walking in the woods - wait, who lets a young girl just wander around in the woods? Anyway, she found an empty cabin and went inside. I think there were some chairs she tried to sit in, but two of them were two big. Wait, there is some sort of rhythmic, repeated line I'm forgetting. Oh, one of the bowls of oatmeal - I mean, porridge - was too hot and one was too cold, but one was 'just right '"
As I skipped and stumbled through the story, I couldn't recall the moral of the story - that cautionary element often found in classic fairy tales. What is the point of this story again?
I'm from the category of believers who have heard the Easter story since they were young. I've heard it told by dozens of Sunday School teachers through a variety of mediums, including felt-o-graph. I've seen it reenacted though plays and films. I've studied the story throughout my academic, professional and personal life. I know the details, but I really know nothing unless I know point of the story.
What is the point of celebrating Easter?
For every believer, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the foundation, the cornerstone, of our beliefs. It's the reason we have hope. By willingly laying down his life as a ransom for ours, Jesus Christ offers us freedom.
"He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification." (Romans 4:25, NIV)
We didn't deserve to be delivered, and we certainly didn't deserve justification, but he gave us both. There is the point of the story, and all the details of that story that we forget, skim over or neglect - all of them point to a merciful God.
The Easter story is old, and it's easy to forget some of its plot points, so we celebrate the holiday so we can remember. In our celebration, I pray we never forget the point.
God loves you. Happy Easter.
Email Jamie H. Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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