He has risen!
And so this is Easter. This is an Easter unlike any we have spent before. Not just to one of us, but to each and every one of us, all around the world. This pandemic of 2020 has placed fear and stress and anger and depression and sadness into many people.
I did an online church service this morning. I am looking for a church, although I am not really looking. The online service I have found, is good. Music at the start and then the Senior Pastor comes on to do his sermon. His sermon was good. He kept it to 30 minutes which I really appreciate. I have been to too many churches where the pastors go on for over 45 minutes. I think, anything beyond 30 minutes and you have lost me. My mind starts to wander and I am not focusing on the sermon. I wonder how long Jesus’ talks were, although I think I would have been held captive by Him no matter how long he talked.
This sermon was about the fact that Easter is about peace. The peace that Jesus gave to the disciples. This peace fills you up and then you can deal with day-to-day life. The peace that fills you and assures you that whatever happens in your lifetime, here on this world, will give you the strength to carry on. Peace fills you with the knowledge that no matter what happens, Jesus is with you. The Holy Spirit will fill you with His peace.
I looked up the meaning of the word Easter. One theory is that Easter comes from an old German word for east, which comes from an even older Latin word for dawn. In spring, dawns mark the beginning of when the day lasts longer than nights. This is one theory.
Another theory is one from a monk known as Venerable Bede. There were a lot of theories about Easter having to do with fertility and spring. Back in the 7th century, there were a lot of discussions of when to celebrate Easter. Should they follow the Jewish celebration of Passover or should it be celebrated on a Sunday, the historic day of Jesus’ resurrection argued by other Christians. I don’t know how this was settled but we are now celebrating Good Friday on a Friday and Easter on a Sunday. It should be noted that Easter is never mentioned in the Bible.
As I was looking up GIF’s on Easter to send to family and friends, only pictures of a rabbit or eggs came up. I had to type in He is Risen, before I found any pictures of Jesus’ Resurrection. This is what, we as Christians should be celebrating. This is such an important time of the year. We need to remember this while our children are going out on egg and candy hunts. Sure, the eggs and candy are great but knowing what Jesus did for us is by far the greatest.
If you ever have the chance to watch The Passion, please do. I watched it in the movie theater with my daughter. I was emotionally drained after that movie. There were so many parts I just couldn’t watch. I kept thinking, “Why is he doing this for us? We don’t deserve it.” Then when I saw his mother, Mary, my heart broke and I fell apart. For a mother to watch her child go through what Jesus went through is just unspeakable. But also to know that Jesus was not just human, He is God. So many emotions going through Mary. So many thoughts. Did she know what was going to happen? Did she know anything at all? How was she able to cope? Could she place all her trust in God and realize what it all meant? I suppose she did.
I think that is what we need to do now. With all this turmoil going on around us, we need to acknowledge that Jesus is with us. He will not leave us. There is a bigger purpose to all of this. We need to place our trust in the hands of the One who loves us like no one will ever love us. We need to find that peace from Jesus. We need to let His love wash over us. We need to do what we can to help others and show them love. We need to trust in Him because He will lead us through all of it.