2011-04-27 / Religion

‘After You Get Over Easter...’

(Pastor James Scarborough, Donalsonville Assembly of God)

A pastor friend shared with me concerning a telephone call he had with a salesman who was working hard to interest him in a product. Since the salesman knew that Easter is a busy time for pastors, he suggested that “After you get over Easter” perhaps they could make the deal on the product.

Without being judgmental of the salesman, for I think I understand what he meant about getting over Easter, as Christians we should continually celebrate Easter. Although it would not be practical to put on an Easter drama or musical every Sunday, or to plan Easter activities for the children every Saturday, the fact of the resurrection of our Lord, Who died to pay for our sins, should be continually on our minds and always dear to our hearts.

Holy Week in our community was a most special time. In keeping with our annual tradition, we took time out each day to worship our Lord and reflect upon His sacrifice. A variety of denominations representing many churches came together to focus upon what this holy season is all about and what it means to us.

There is no doubt that we differ in opinions and beliefs in some areas, but we hold firmly together on one essential truth that makes us different from all other religions: the death and resurrection of the only One Who provides everlasting life, the Lord Jesus Christ.

When we gather each Sunday to worship the Lord, it is a continual acknowledgment of Easter; it is a constant reminder that our Lord rose from the grave early one Sunday, the first day of the week. John 20:1 states this clearly: “Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance” (NIV). At first she thought someone had stolen His body, but when He appeared to her, her sorrow turned into great joy.

Among Mary Magdalene’s first responses to seeing the resurrected Lord was her urgency to tell others what had happened. “Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that He had said these things to her” (John 20:18). We, too, are remembering that Christ rose from the dead when we share His message of eternal hope with others.

The joy that God pours into our hearts should serve as an ongoing acknowledgment of Easter as well. Because of the resurrection life that Christ provides, we can face the adversities of life with hope; His hope produces joy that is not based on circumstances and conditions, but on the certainty of His loving care and concern for us. John 20:20 says that “The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.” The same joy that they experienced is available to us today because our Savior lives.

When do we get over Easter? Even though the traditional observances have come to an end until next year, Easter should never be over for faithful followers of Christ. Worshipping Him and sharing his joy and hope with others are ongoing reminders of the resurrection of our Lord.

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