Easter is over. So now what?

The Easter lilies have all been taken home. The cries of “He is risen indeed!” have been tucked away until next year. The special outfits have been tossed in the washer and the pictures have all been posted on social media. Cadbury Eggs are now 50% off at the grocery store (thanks be to God). Now what? Like most significant events in our lives, there is a big anticipation as we approach, we enjoy the moment, and then there is usually a big let down afterward. Does this weekend feel that way to you?

Here are a few things to remember to help make the most of this post-Easter weekend.

1) Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection were all singular events in history, but they weren’t meant to be singular events on our calendar. We are called to remember and celebrate Easter every day of the year. What Christ accomplished for us has meaning for every moment of every day, not just once a year. When things get tough, when you are feeling a bit dry spiritually, remind yourself, He is risen!

2) Remember what came after the resurrection. Just a few weeks after Jesus rose from the dead, He commissioned the disciples with these words, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20). Until Jesus returns, we are to be about the business of making disciples. There is no news more important to share with others than the fact that He is risen!

3) Live your life like you believe the Easter message. As one author put it, “if our lives bear no marks of the resurrection, then we deny the resurrection with our lives.” We must live like the tomb is empty. We must live like Jesus really is alive. The world desperately needs to see the power of the resurrection in our changed lives. They need evidence that He is risen! He is risen indeed!

Mike Lukens

Pastor of Worship and Creative Arts
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