I must confess to enjoying a rather unspiritual delight this Easter — the prospect of four whole days off work is bliss! Not having to get up so early to trudge through the mourning routine, the chance to catch up on some jobs around home and being able to have time with my kids other than at the beginning or ending of each day when we are all tired and grumpy.
In Matthew 11:28 Jesus invites us into his rest, and really that is what Easter is all about — Jesus purchased rest for all of us on the cross (see also Hebrews 4:9-11). In his abundant blessing to us as a nation initially founded on christian values he has also provided a short national holiday for us each year to remember his world-changing work.
So, as I bask in the rest I am receiving now, I can also rejoice in the eternal rest I am given which yet awaits me.