To my amazement, there was a commercial on television a few days ago that began with the statement "Easter costs less at ..." My husband and I looked at each other in disbelief. Since when does Easter cost money? I thought it was a gift from God. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life" John 3:16. God loved us so much that he sent His son to redeem us. Through the birth and death of Jesus Christ we can be forgiven for all our sins. "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" I John 1:9. Believe it, and receive it, it's that simple. It is the greatest gift of all, and you cannot buy it for a price at your local shopping center.
Let us remember the main reason we celebrate Easter, because our Saviour died on the cross for our sins. When you think of Christ's suffering it will be easy to keep Him as the center of the celebration. We can be free from guilt and condemnation because Christ took the punishment for US. That is truly powerful!