What is the meaning of Easter?
To me, Easter is love, sacrifice, and hope.
It is a love that we receive regardless how many times we make mistakes, hurt others, or criticize ourselves. It is a love that never leaves our side. It is a love so deep that we were worth dying for.
It is a sacrifice that was unimaginable. It is a sacrifice that was slow, painful, and absolutely horrific. It is a sacrifice that led to death so that our lives would be saved.
It is a hope that tells us Jesus died for you and me, but miraculously rose from death 3 days later. It is a hope that shows God has power over death and that death has been defeated. It is a hope that through God’s unconditional love and Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, we have been saved from eternal death and we have been given the promise of eternal life.
John 11:25-26, New International Version (NIV)
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
It took me about 25 years to believe. I pray and hope that you will one day soon believe too.
Here is one of my favorite performances that is an interpretive hip hop dance about the story of Mary Magdalene and Jesus. It begins with Mary Magdalene about to be stoned for adultery and Jesus stepping in to save her. The dance represents Jesus’ love for all of us regardless of our sins, and continues to show His sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection. This performance was at the Hawaiian Islands Ministry Conference in 2009 with my old hip hop dance ministry, Eight Count, and is choreographed to “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis.