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Everything looks a little bit different this year, but instead of focusing on the hard things, we’re inviting you to join us in shifting our eyes from the broken to the beautiful, and changing inconveniences in to adventures.
Easter is right around the corner, and what an incredible celebration of hope we as Christians get to declare in the midst of such a crisis. Oh how sweet that Good News is--we can rest assured that it has been finished. There’s no more striving, or seeking. There’s simply being and resting in the goodness and grace of God. We get to celebrate the faithfulness of God, and His overwhelming grace that changed everything for us.
Most of us are home with our families or friends, so let’s make this Easter one to remember. Let the resurrection of Jesus Christ transform your mind now more than ever, knowing that He’s completed the work of the cross. Because of Christ you were made worthy, and made absolute ONE with Him!
Jump into Romans with us:
So what could Easter look like for you this year? Below we share just a few ideas, but we want to invite you to allow you to explore with the Holy Spirit what this grand celebration could entail.
We encourage you to begin reading through the Gospels. Either choose one book (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John) or press in and challenge yourself to read all 4 within this week! Did you know that it only takes 7 hours and 45 minutes to read these four historical books? As you read, soak in the different perspectives of Jesus’s life and resurrection. Take it slow and reflect deeply on any words that stick out to you.
This is a somber day of reflection. Jesus, who the Jews believed would rescue them, has died. Listen to some slow worship music, and reflect on the harshness of his death. Some people choose to fast on Good Friday. Maybe on this day you could take communion with those who you live with. Create a special meal together and let your conversation center around the cross, then finish with a sharing of the wine and the bread. In the evening, watch a movie depicting Jesus’ life. A few ones we recommend are the Passion of Christ and Mary Magdalene. You could find a few on Netflix or Youtube as well.
What absolute CELEBRATION! Jesus has risen from the grave! What extraordinary news. (Take a read of Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, and John 20-21.) Tune into your church’s Easter Sunday service. Take the day to rest and give thanks for the greatest gift we could have ever received. Spend time in community and engage in worship that’s focused on Christ’s victorious reign. Like Jesus Himself said: “It is finished!” You have been saved and redeemed, made clean and righteous before God. There’s nothing you did, nor nothing you can ever do, to deserve it. It was a gift. Freely given. From a Father who loves you beyond explanation. Have a good meal, and share together what God’s gift means to you. Journal your thoughts, and spend some time in solitude remembering what He’s done for you and the impact it’s had on your life.
Like we mentioned at the beginning, everything looks a little bit different this year. If anything, it may even make this year’s Easter celebration extra special. Let’s open our eyes to the hope planted within us, and allow our ears to tune into God’s goodness and faithfulness, knowing that He sent His son for you. Jesus Christ lives in you. He is your righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21). Reflect, rest, and let God reveal His mercies and wonders to you in a new way this Holy Week.