Notice I didn’t say “Have a Happy Easter.”
Happiness is based on temporal things.
A chocolate egg can make somebody happy, for a while.
Happiness is about feeling good.
Joy… joy is based on something everlasting. It is the sensation of realizing something transcendant and sure, something that lifts us up out of our daily distractions and duties to comprehend something of God’s glory.
If you don’t believe in Christ’s resurrection from the dead, you may find some happiness along the way.
But true joy comes from knowing that, in spite of the evils that we see and do in the world, nothing can separate us from the love of the God who created us.
And when Christ rose from the grave, he proved that not even death can separate us from God’s will. Neither our sins, nor our death… nothing will make his love or his forgiveness stop short.
Who would want to refuse that?
Forgiveness is a gift. It is the greatest gift. But it must be accepted.