Does Easter make you happy? I mean beyond Easter egg hunts, chocolate bunnies and a new Easter dress, does Easter make you really happy? Thoughtful people realize that the implications of Easter go deeper than just the seasonal trappings draped in pastel colors. Easter speaks to our most profound fears and hopes. Does God care about me? Is there really life after death? Can I be forgiven? Can I go to heaven? These are the persistent questions of the soul swirling around Easter.
That Jesus was raised bodily from the dead is a bold claim indeed. If the resurrection is a fact (and the evidence is overwhelming) then Christians have every reason to rejoice this Easter Sunday.
First, we can be happy that Jesus told the truth. In all four gospels Jesus predicts his own death and resurrection. His empty tomb and resurrected body shout to the world that Jesus was who he said he was and did what he said he would do. He is unique in this regard. Christians serve a risen savior. Jesus can be trusted. Remembering this at Easter makes us happy. We can believe him.