The Day After   Leave a comment

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For many believers, there is a lot of activity and emotions wrapped up in Holy Week and the celebration of Easter.  After all, Easter is the most significant holiday for a believer in Jesus Christ.  The core of our beliefs is based on the events of Good Friday and the end results of Easter morning.  We proudly declare that Jesus has risen from the grave and that the tomb is empty.  The grace and love of God is seen fulfilled in Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection from the grave.  It is this grace and love that is the bedrock of a Christian’s faith system.

But what about the day after?  Another Holy Week and Easter have come and gone so now it is time to get back to the regular events of life.  Or is it?

Much like Christmas, the Easter season is not confined to one day a year.  In the church calendar, the Easter season lasts for 50 days.  This is the time between the resurrection and the ascension of our Lord.  So the early church leaders felt that this was an important time for believers to focus on what it means to be “Easter Christians.”  This is a time for us to think about how the reality of the resurrection of Jesus should guide our lives.  The joy that we felt and experienced on Easter morning should not end the next day.

I need to live as a person of the resurrection.  I need to live as someone who has experienced the grace and love of God demonstrated in the events of Holy Week and Easter.  I need to live as someone filled with the joy that these realities create within me.  I need to share the story of Easter with others so they may be introduced to the grace and love of the Lord.

How are you living the days after Easter?

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