Where does Easter rank on your list of important holidays in the year? Easter feels like it has snuck up on us this year because of all the chaos surrounding COVID-19. But we still have time to get back on track. I believe Easter is the single most important weekend of the year for Christians. The death and resurrection of Jesus are essential to the Christian story (1 Corinthians 15:12-19). This is our Super Bowl Sunday times one thousand. COVID-19 has guaranteed this will be the most unique Easter weekend you have ever experienced. We need to make sure Easter is more than candy for our kids and community. Here are three ideas to make Easter 2020 the best ever.
Rest in the glory of the Easter story
This week, Promise Keepers Canada is taking men through the 7 Sayings of the Cross in their daily devotional series. If you are not a subscriber, then sign up and receive these free emails to refocus you on the power of what Jesus has done for you. You may be anxious today, but the Easter story says even the darkest moments hold no power compared to Jesus. You may be feeling the weight of sin, but the cross is where Jesus carried your sin (Isaiah 53:6). The resurrection is where he showed the power of sin has been defeated (1 Corinthians 15:55-57).
You may be filled with anxiety, or busier at work than ever before, or bored because you have nothing to do right now. Whatever your situation, take time every day this week to refocus your heart and mind around the glory of the Easter story and how great God’s love is for you.
Share The Lord’s Supper as a family
Most of us may be intimidated by this idea, but we shouldn’t be. We may think that only “professionals” can lead a communion service, but the Bible does not teach this idea. In 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, the apostle Paul teaches us that Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper as a way for us to remember him and proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes back. Can you think of a better time than Easter to proclaim the Lord’s death to your family? If you do not know how to do this at home, I have written another post on how to lead the Lord’s Supper for your family.
Taking the Lord’s Supper on your own at home should not be a “normal” practice at the exclusion of the rest of the church. The biblical model is to share this time with fellow believers as part of the church. However, we are living in unusual times, and your physical church may be limited to your family for now.
Invite your friends to find hope
When I talk to people who are Christians during COVID-19, I consistently hear about the people around them who are in a panic right now. In 1 Peter 3:15, we are taught to always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you. You don’t have hope because you have a naturally positive attitude, you have it because of Jesus. There are people around you who need hope, and it will not be found in the money coming from the government. I have written another post on how you can help people find hope this Easter.
Typically, we depend on other people to help Easter be a meaningful experience for us. We look to church leaders to develop an excellent worship service or provide a great sermon. But this year, we have an opportunity to have a more personal Easter experience. Sometimes we get so busy running around on Easter weekend that we don’t have time to soak in the power and love Jesus has shown towards us. But this year, God has forced our hand to be still and know that He is God. Friends, make Easter 2020 the best ever.