Easter Is Over... Now What?
The celebrational songs have been sung, the pastel clothing has been put away, and those little grass-hidden treasures have been turned into egg salad. Easter is over. So what's next? What is the next big event, the next big holiday or focus or reason for the church to have to get out extra chairs for all the extra people? You were wowed by Easter, but will the next week of church live up to your experience? You were excited to sing about the vibrant new life in Christ on Sunday, but now by Tuesday, why does everything seem so much grayer?
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What do we do after Easter Sunday?
We celebrate Easter again.
The beauty of the Christian life is that we are a people who have been transformed by a key event in history, but the effects of that event are not limited to a particular day. To put it another way: we are not merely celebrators of the Resurrection Day, but we are in fact, Resurrection People. Every day is Easter for the Christian. Every day is a day that we are defined by the truth of what Christ has done and seek to live in light of His resurrection power. You are not defined by what you can do, by what you look like or what you own.
...we are not merely celebrators of the Resurrection Day, but we are in fact, Resurrection People. Every day is Easter for the Christian.
You are a repentant sinner saved by grace through faith in Christ, adopted as a child of the King, made as an ambassador of reconciliation, increasingly transformed and conformed into the image of Christ and held in the hands of the Heavenly Father so that no one can snatch you away! So what do you do the days and weeks after Easter? Celebrate again; because Jesus is risen, He is risen indeed.
Here are two resources to help you continue your celebration of Easter. The first is a prayer to help continue your focus on what Christ has done, and the second is written by our own Sean McDowell about the importance of the resurrection. One is prayer focused and one is more information focused - both are important for our continuing transformation in Christ as we focus more on Him:
Excerpt: Jesus, keep convincing me that you are the resounding “Yes!” to every promise God has made through the prophets—not just with respect to your cross, but also to your crown (2 Cor. 1:20). Things in our world are not as they appear. Having risen from the dead, you are now making all things new. You are sovereign over everything. Faith, not fear, is the order of this and every day.
Excerpt: “The resurrection of Jesus Christ is either one of the most wicked, vicious, heartless hoaxes ever foisted on the minds of human beings—or it is the most remarkable fact of history.” My father has often shared these words to me in person, and he’s written them in his books. The older I get, the more I realize they’re unmistakably true. There’s no middle ground with the resurrection of Jesus. Either it is a colossal fabrication or the most important event in history.
Given that we are in Easter season, many people are thinking about the resurrection. Is it true? What does it mean? Why should I care? In this short post, I have a modest goal: to persuade you of the monumental importance of the resurrection of Jesus. Thus, I consider three massive questions that the resurrection, if it is true, answers.