We are an Easter people

May 10, 2017

 

Easter is a season.  Much like Christmas is a season (12 days), so is Easter - only longer (50 days).  This is because the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of our faith. As the Apostle Paul said, "iI Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain" (1 Corinthians 15:14).

Yet Christians often treat Easter just like Christmas: we only celebrate the one day and then move on.  Like commercial stores, the day after, merchandise and themes are already shifted to the next holiday/event.  Regardless why, we just don't linger or savor well.  I'm just as guilty.  Once an activity or program ends, I'm on to getting ready for the next - always feeling pressure to prepare and look or lead ahead.

Lent was 40 days of intense preparation, introspection, sacrifice, and activity. Churches often have special programs and studies to mark the season (and rightfully so).  Then Holy Week is Lent's culmination in a flurry of services marching up to the Cross.  But come Easter, the crowning glory of our faith, where Jesus proves that sorrow only lasts for the night, but joy comes in the morning (cf. Psalm 30:5), we tend not to have the same gusto of activity or program.  Maybe we're just too tired!

It's not that we need to have even more stuff to do, but I do think we need to take the time to enjoy Easter.  It's a time to feast, to savor, and to proclaim Christ's resurrection - that though sin and death are still part of this world, they are defeated!  Again as the Apostle Paul wrote, "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" (1 Corinthians 15:55).  

Church of the Holy Spirit is planning an Easter party!  And you're invited. We're looking to celebrate on June 3  at the end of Easter season, so stay tuned for details and mark your calendar. Until then, "May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with every good thing to do His will.  And may He accomplish in us what is pleasing in His sight through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen" (Hebrews 13:20-21).

 

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