This morning as soon as my eyes opened I began thinking of my Easter to-do list. Instead of having Easter dinner we’re doing a late lunch. This means I have to do some of my Easter cooking/baking today and tomorrow.
Mr. C is going to the grocery store early today and I’m going to do some cleaning. I need to sweep and mop the kitchen floor. This may not seem like a lot but the kitchen is long and there’s a heck of a lot of floor! Normally either Mr. C or Pete do this for me as it’s very difficult for me to do unless I have a day or two to spend in bed afterward.
The guest bathroom should also be cleaned again. It rarely gets used and mostly I need to “dust” it. But it’s one more thing on my Easter to-do list. And thinking of that reminded me I should dust and vacuum the living room tomorrow.
Since my “office” was originally the formal dining room it’s just off the living room so dusting and vacuuming in here is part of the chore list. A quick glance at my long desk reminded me I have some recipes to put back in my binder. I’ve pulled them out and been slow to put them back after cooking.
Tomorrow I’ll do the baking. I have a Lemon Pudding Cake planned for dessert and I’ll serve homemade Parker House rolls. I spent a lot of time deciding if I was going to get up very early Sunday to make the rolls or if I should bake them Saturday and reheat them on Sunday.
Yes, I was busy planning my Easter to-do list before I even got out of bed. As I sat thinking of the things I need to do before Sunday and all the things I need to do on Sunday it dawned on me. The most important thing about this weekend was being overlooked. Where on my Easter to-do list was Jesus?
I’ve been chatting with a fellow blogger about the unfathomable suffering Jesus endured for all of us. We talked about the hours of torture He suffered before His crucifixion. It was at the forefront of my mind for several days.
Yet today I thought first of the chores I need to do. We celebrate Easter in ways that have nothing to do with His sacrifice. On Sunday kids will search for Easter eggs and hunt for their Easter baskets. We will gather with friends and family for a holiday meal and many families will play games after filling their bellies with big Easter meals.
And I began thinking about how we’ve allowed ourselves, with the help of clever marketing people, to forget the real reason for these activities. Easter is the most important Christian holiday of the year. Folks usually think of Christmas this way but Easter is when we should be celebrating our salvation. It’s the day that Jesus rose from the dead having saved us from eternal damnation.
Today we remember He suffered unimaginable physical pain and died so we could be with Him in heaven. Tomorrow we recall that He spent in death and the torments of hell for us. And on Sunday we celebrate His resurrection and defeat of Satan.
At least that’s what we should do this weekend. Instead many Christians will be busy coloring eggs and stuffing baskets with candy and toys. We’ll be cooking and baking and cleaning our homes in anticipation of company. And we’ll push Jesus to the backs of our minds. After all, we’re very busy this weekend.
As I sat thinking of my Easter to-do list it hit me. The first thing on that list must be Jesus. So I rearranged my Easter to-do list. Baking and cleaning slid down the list. The first thing I need to do is thank Him for what he went through for me.
I will remember that today isn’t about getting things ready for Sunday. Tomorrow isn’t about getting to those last-minute chores. And Sunday isn’t just the day we get together with family to gorge ourselves on a holiday meal.
My Easter to-do list has both changed and remained the same. I will still bake and cook. I will still clean up the house. But as I’m doing those things I’m going to keep Jesus at the forefront of my mind. After all, I was at the forefront of His mind as he suffered torture, execution, and death for me.