Easter…is it over?

Just a week ago the biggest celebration of the year happened. That is, if you are a Christian. If you are not perhaps the biggest event of the year is New Years, the Super Bowl, the Masters, your own birthday, your wedding anniversary…you get the idea, the list could go on and on.

But Easter for the Christian is the largest event of year. Jesus Christ did for us what no one else could do or has ever done. He willingly gave himself for the sake of the Kingdom that we may all come into a lasting relationship with our Father. Our sins are forgiven! Hallelujah! But is that where it stops? Easter is over, He is resurrected, the tomb is empty!

See, we live in a world where we celebrate, go home, do it again another day kind of people. Take for instance the Super Bowl. Hours and hours of work go into producing commercials and getting the stadiums and fields ready. Millions of dollars go into producing commercials, paying players and staff, and…you guessed it…buying tickets. But once the event is over, we relive the memories. We watch the ‘best of’ commercials on Youtube the next day. But that is it. We remember the event and anticipate the next one.

Has that become Easter? Do we anticipate the event, the day, the meals, the celebrations, only to pack up our items, go home, and do it all again next year?

For me, Easter is not a one-time event. We do not celebrate the resurrection one time and anticipate it next year. Every single day, as a Christ follower, you can celebrate the resurrection! You can anticipate every second of every day the love, mercy, and grace that Jesus is showing be available and present for every single one of us! We are spending time in our church going through the last two chapter of the Gospel of John as we attempt to understand that the resurrection wasn’t it. Christ stayed and appeared to the apostles and others for 40 days after his resurrection. And, the same is still happening for us today. We are doubters from time to time, but Christ is revealing himself to us. Jesus is blessing us by leading us just as he did to his disciples who were fishing and not catching anything. (By the way, as fishing season approaches I hope the Lord will do the same for me as He did them!). And he is delivering us from our past mistakes and failures just as he did for Peter.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to make Easter a one time a year event. Every single day is a celebration of the resurrection and the love and mercy Christ shows to us. Today, claim the resurrection as your own! All our sermons from church are uploaded to our website. Just click on the following link to find them! (https://www.nfcog.com/sermons) We try our best to have this done Monday by noon! God bless, Pastor Clint.