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How to Celebrate Easter From Home This Year

Apr 5, 2020 3:29:52 PM

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!

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Jump into Romans with us: 

Romans 8:31-39 The Passion Translation (TPT)
"So, what does all this mean? If God has determined to stand with us, tell me, who then could ever stand against us? For God has proved his love by giving us his greatest treasure, the gift of his Son. And since God freely offered him up as the sacrifice for us all, he certainly won’t withhold from us anything else he has to give.
Who then would dare to accuse those whom God has chosen in love to be his? God himself is the judge who has issued his final verdict over them—“Not guilty!”
Who then is left to condemn us? Certainly not Jesus, the Anointed One! For he gave his life for us, and even more than that, he has conquered death and is now risen, exalted, and enthroned by God at his right hand. So how could he possibly condemn us since he is continually praying for our triumph?
Who could ever separate us from the endless love of God’s Anointed One? Absolutely no one! For nothing in the universe has the power to diminish his love toward us. Troubles, pressures, and problems are unable to come between us and heaven’s love. What about persecutions, deprivations, dangers, and death threats? No, for they are all impotent to hinder omnipotent love, even though it is written:
All day long we face death threats for your sake, God.
We are considered to be nothing more
than sheep to be slaughtered!
Yet even in the midst of all these things, we triumph over them all, for God has made us to be more than conquerors, and his demonstrated love is our glorious victory over everything!
So now I live with the confidence that there is nothing in the universe with the power to separate us from God’s love. I’m convinced that his love will triumph over death, life’s troubles, fallen angels, or dark rulers in the heavens. There is nothing in our present or future circumstances that can weaken his love. There is no power above us or beneath us—no power that could ever be found in the universe that can distance us from God’s passionate love, which is lavished upon us through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One!"

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. 

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We’re entering Palm Sunday

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.

Good Friday

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.

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Resurrection Sunday

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.

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