Easter. While for many years it was eggs and chocolate and baskets, it has come to truly mean resurrection for me.
While in high school I was asked by a senior, Kris Weatherly to talk with him about Christ, we prayed and I accepted Christ that day. But it wasn't but a few months later that I renounced him and took on the mantle of the skeptic, the atheist. I lived that life for almost thirty years..... Until Easter.
Easter 2011. My wife went to Living Word Bible Church, in Mesa with a friend to listen to the pastor speak on Becoming a Millionaire God's way. She came back telling me how much I would like what he had to say. I agreed to go the next Wednesday.
That day, it was wall to wall Christians and a full Easter service. There was no discussion, it was praise and worship, sermon and communion. My wife and her friend were watching me out of the corner of their eyes to see if the atheist's head would explode. What they didn't know was that I was having a crisis of faith, I had been working long hours and on 100% travel and was questioning my existence. Finally on one lonesome stretch of Interstate 8, I finally admitted there was a God, and he was instrumental in the birth of this country. The Easter celebration pulled me the rest of the way. When the service was over, my wife asked me what I thought. I said, "I think we will be back on Sunday."
The last four years have been a whirlwind. Our lives have been turned upside down by a cross country move, being laid off, trying and failing at a new business, food stamps, unemployment, and finding a new job. At the same time, our faith grew, we found a home church, we started attending small group. We read, we listened, we talked. We now lead a small group, and are deeply devoted to children's ministry. We will spend all weekend doing that for Easter.
So Easter means Resurrection, not only of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, but me too. I was brought back from the pits of hell that I made myself. I was born again, and given new life. I am a new man, and I owe it all to Christ.