Prepare for Easter
This year we celebrate Easter Sunday on April 21. This celebration of the resurrection is the greatest celebration of the year for Jesus-followers. But for most of us, we put much greater effort and preparation into celebrating Christmas than we do Easter. However, without the resurrection, Christmas simply would not have meaning. The resurrection then, becomes the most important day of celebration and worship for the Church.
This year I want to challenge you to prepare for Easter, not with candy and eggs and pastel colors, but rather inwardly, in our minds, hearts, and spirits. Easter Sunday will indeed be a great day of celebration, but how much more of a celebration would it be if we are truly ready for Easter – ready to celebrate the fact that Jesus rose from the dead, conquering death and our sin, and reminding us that we too will be resurrected one day.
So how can we prepare for Easter? I encourage you to start in the Gospels. As you read Scripture every day, spend time over the next few weeks reading what the Bible tells us about Jesus and his journey to the cross. Spend time reading each of the Gospel accounts of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Read about the determination of Jesus to go to Jerusalem, knowing what he would face there. Focus on the things Jesus said, the places he went, and the people he talked to, and the promises he made in the days leading up to his crucifixion.
There is another tool for preparation we will provide at our church this weekend. It is a 40-day devotional guide called “The Easter Code: A 40-Day Journey to the Cross,” by O. S. Hawkins. It is our gift to you as an aid in preparing ourselves for the greatest celebration of the Church. Spend time in these devotions in these forty days leading up to Easter.
As we prepare to celebrate Resurrection Sunday, I pray that we would begin to see ways we can reach out and serve others. Jesus served us, showing us how much He loves us (John 13). Will we show that same kind of love to those around us? I believe that as we prepare our hearts to celebrate what Jesus has done for us, we will also be more in tune to love and serve others.
I pray that we would be ready to invite our families, neighbors, and friends to join us for Easter celebration at Marshfield First. People are ready and willing to accept your invitation. You can even use the pocket sized 40-day devotion as a gift and an invitation to Easter Sunday worship.
Let’s prepare, pray, and look forward to what God will do in our individual lives and in our church family over these next six weeks and beyond!
Preparing for Easter with you,