It is Easter time once again which means two of my favorite delights are on store shelves — the Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg and the Cadbury Crème Egg.
The Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg is basically the same as a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup — it’s just a little bit bigger and in the shape of an egg. However, I will argue that the Peanut Butter Egg is somehow way better than a regular Peanut Butter Cup even though they have the same ingredients.
The Cadbury Crème Egg is a hollowed chocolate candy with cream that runs out when you take a bite out of it.
Both candies are absolutely delicious, but the Cadbury Crème Egg only comes out at Easter time.
On the other hand, with Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs, Cups, Miniatures, Pumpkins in the fall and Trees at Christmas time, a Reese’s Peanut Butter chocolate can be found year-round.
Besides the fact that just talking about these candies is making my mouth water, it also got me to thinking about how comparing these two chocolates is similar to comparing crowds at churches.
We all know the Easter services at church are always wonderful. Sometimes they include sunrise services, cantatas, plays or musicals, but we always hear about the amazing story of the birth, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
What also makes the Easter services special are how packed the church always gets.
On some Sundays, you might have a large crowd but there are typically some empty spots scattered throughout the congregation. On Easter Sunday, however, you have to bring out folding chairs or force some folks to stand up in the back just to fit everyone inside.
But while being in church on Easter Sunday is truly awesome, being in church and praising the Lord on every Sunday is truly awesome.
Which brings me back to the candy comparison.
Are you going to be a Cadbury Egg and only come out to church for Easter?
Or will you be a Reese’s Peanut Butter chocolate and come out all year long?
If you are a Reese’s, I probably don’t have to tell you how much of a blessing it is to be in the house of the Lord each week.
If you are a Cadbury, I pray this Easter you start making church the beginning and end of your weeks all year because it is so important for Christians to have a relationship with other Christians. The Bible even encourages that.
In Hebrews 10:25 it says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
In other words, believers need to gather in church for encouragement to other believers. If you give up attending church, or only come around once in a while, your spiritual growth, as well as others’, is placed at serious risk as you disconnect yourself further and further from God.
So if you have a church, but have slacked off, the doors are always open and there is no better time to go back than right now. If you don’t have a church, I would invite anyone to come along with me or attend any of the great churches we have right here in the Tri-County.
But whether you are a Cadbury Crème Egg or Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg this Easter, we all need to come together for church to share in the wonderful goodness of the Lord!
Brad Hall is the nighttime editor for the Times-Tribune. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org