Good Friday is difficult. Saturday is unbearable. Sunday is triumphant.
Where were you on this triumphant Easter Sunday? Were you part of the millions of people who dressed up and headed to church? Many make that trek each week. Some, who may be hit-or-miss when it comes to church attendance, still found their way to the pews. Others sheepishly took a seat in the back, certain the last time they sat with a group of Christ followers was last Easter.
Whatever their spiritual pedigree, those who gathered on the holiest day of the year sang and celebrated and praised God who shouldered our sin, defeated death, then claimed the world’s victory through the opening of an empty tomb.
Resurrection Sunday is always worth celebrating.
The looming question is this: what do we do now? Now that the pews are empty and the songs have been sung, what’s required of us? Once the sermon is preached, the pictures are taken, and the meal is served, what’s our next step? Certainly it can’t mean going back to life as usual. Life can’t carry on as if Jesus never crushed sin and covered our offenses. We can’t wake up on Monday and act like Sunday never happened.
Jesus did not die on a cross and raise from the dead only so we could punch our attendance card on the biggest church day of the year, then deem ourselves covered for another year.
What we do after Resurrection Sunday is not left to guesswork. Jesus clearly gives us our post-Easter instructions in Matthew 28:18-20.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
What do we do now that Easter is over? Jesus makes it clear.
- Make disciples. Jesus has the ultimate authority. The same power who raised Him from the dead is at work in us. What do we do with that power? Go and tell others. Share what God has done in your life. Be prepared to share about the restoration work God has done in your life.
- Teach others. Jesus covered a lot of ground in His three year ministry. Though He was a come-as-you are Savior, He required great sacrifice to walk alongside Him. It’s our calling to gently guide each other in His teachings and show them the freedom that comes from serving Him.
- Know you are never alone. Jesus never guaranteed we’d be free from pain or problems, but He did promise He’d never leave us alone. Jesus is with you now and will be with you until the day you celebrate your Heavenly homecoming with Him.
Christ’s death and resurrection was never meant to be celebrated one day a year, then forgotten until the calendar says “Easter” again. It’s our duty to carry the spirit of Resurrection Sunday all year long.