Happy Easter

"Christmas itself has now far outstripped Easter in popular culture as the real celebratory center of the Christian year--a move that completely reverses the New Testament's emphasis. We sometimes try, in hymns, prayers, and sermons, to build a whole theology on Christmas, but it can't in fact sustain such a thing. We then keep Lent, Holy Week, and Good Friday so thoroughly that we have hardly any energy left for Easter except for the first night and day. Easter, however, should be the center. Take that away and there is, almost literally, nothing left."
--N.T. Wright in "Surprised by Hope," p. 23.

This is a good word. On a different, but related note, in the name of "cross-centeredness" the resurrection can be unintentionally neglected at times in my circles. But the cross means nothing without the resurrection. Crucifixion occurred all the time in the first century. Resurrection didn't. He is risen. God has been vindicated. We will be raised and the cosmos will be renewed. Celebrate.
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living, Just because He lives!