I want it to always be Easter. I want to stay focused on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I want to keep having the Lord’s Supper every night so we can remember Christ’s death until He comes back. I want to hang around the empty tomb for as long as possible, and remember the new covenant in His blood that has not only forgiven us, but empowers us daily with His Holy Spirit.
I want to remember that church I wrote about in Connecticut that has a cross permanently grounded in the front of the platform so that the pastor, the worship team, and anyone who addresses the congregation from the platform has to stand behind the cross and speak to the people through the cross (and be careful not to strut around too much when you speak so as not to bump into it!).
I don’t want Easter to ever be over. I want to live in Easter. I want to live on the other side of the cross — where we have just been forgiven (isn’t that always the case?) and the power of God is busting out all over the place because of the presence of the Holy Spirit and resurrection power.
I want the big news to always be the passion of Jesus Christ. Not the culture wars, or abortion, or family values, or saving America, but where the death and resurrection of Jesus is the big deal, and saving people for eternity is the whole point, and the only conspiracy theory that really matters is the conspiracy of the cross of Christ to overrule the old covenant law and bring in the fulfillment of the law of love and grace.
On Easter week everything stops and we focus on this, and pastors cease politics to preach the gospel — that’s what you do on Easter Sunday — because that’s when people who never come to church, come to church. So I say, keep it up. Let’s make every week Easter week. We need to, because we don’t know how many weeks are left.
The message today sounds the best to me. So true about this week. I have always believed we need to think and practice this every day until our Savior returns for all of us.
I fully agree. Too many people though, stop at the cross but never venture on to the tomb in which His body was laid only to find it now forever empty as a testimony of His resurrection.
Are you sure you want to keep Easter as it is? I get that it’s important to you, but I think it could be more. For example, why not have a day dedicated to remembrance of Christ’s death every week? Why not have a day of fasting and prayer every month? Why not have a day of reflection on what we’ve learned about God’s love in Christ throughout the year? These are just a few ideas!
Excellent! All are good ideas.