Yesterday, it was easy to celebrate.
The shirts were pastel-colored. Your church staff worked to bring their A-game. There may have even been a visitor-focused area like a photo booth or a coffee giveaway. There were probably traditions with family and friends that you experienced that got your mind into its “holiday” setting.
Now, the decorations have come down and real life has taken its place again. Another week starts up and, like it usually does, it wipes away the joy of the weekend.
Holidays can feel like small interruptions of your regular life. They stop the flow of work or school temporarily but don’t provide lasting change. Eventually, things just go back to normal.
But that’s exactly what we need to remember with Easter: because of it, we now have a new normal.
One thing that struck me yesterday at my church’s Easter service was how easy it was to be excited. It felt natural to walk into the building excited for the service, it was easy to lean into the worship time and get swept up in the songs, and it was just going along with the momentum to dive into the passage being taught and embrace it for all it said.
The beauty of Easter is that the hope it offers isn’t just for one Sunday; it’s for eternity.
Because of the resurrection of Jesus, much like you heard yesterday, everything is different! And it’s different forever.
Theologian N.T. Wright once commented on how he didn’t understand the way we focus on Good Friday instead of Easter. For many people, Good Friday is celebrated with 40 days of Lent, giving up something to share in Christ’s sufferings. But for Easter, we have one day, one service, and one event, and then move on.
He suggested Easter should be followed by 40 days of celebration. There has never been a more revolutionary truth than the fact that Jesus rose from the grave conquering sin and death forever. It deserves a celebration worthy of its significance.
Before you fall back into your normal rhythm, make sure you don’t let Easter be a one day holiday. The hope of resurrection wants to break into every area of life. It is not a hope that just waits for life after death but comes bursting into our modern day life here and now.