Yes, it is an important time, a central event to remember. But what do you remember?
I was reading an interview with Michael J Fox ... you remember him? He's famous for playing Alex Keaton in the sitcom "Family Ties", and of course in the movie trilogy "Back to the Future" (which, by the way, is such a wonderful Christian concept). What's probably forgotten by many is that Michael Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at the age of 30. The interview is a good read ... you can get it here.
Near the end of the interview he remembers when he was first diagnosed, and recounts his wifes simple response: When I first heard about my diagnosis, I was so angry. And Tracy just looked at me, and said simply, "In sickness and in health."
Isn't that Easter in a nutshell (eggshell?)?
We are diseased, we go through life angry at our misfortune, we rant and rave against the inequities, and we fume at our inadequacies.
Jesus simply says to us "In sickness and in health". He has made a vow, and He keeps his promises, He will do whatever is needed in our sickness and health. And so He goes to the cross while we sleepwalk our way through our world of sickness. And then He rises again to take our maladies away.
In another interview Michael Fox says "When we married, we married--and that was it. We were in love then, as we are now, and we planned to stay married."
So may we also say this Easter weekend.