Easter's Done. Now What?
Anyone involved in ministry knows that Easter is a busy time of the year. So much extra work goes into preparing lent devotionals, Good Friday services, and Easter Sunday. Personally, I started planning and preparing for the Easter season at my church four or five months ahead of time.
This past weekend was indeed a busy one, but it was glorious. An army of volunteers came through and our little church had a wonderful time celebrating the resurrection of our Savior. So many people said they were blessed by our services and we actually had a record number of visitors on Easter Sunday.
But with the festivities finished, the ads canceled, the decorations stored away, and the next big church event months away, it can be easy to think “what now?”
The 11 star-gazers
As the apostles watched Jesus ascend into heaven, they were awe-struck. I can only imagine what that experience was like. They had spent the last couple years following Jesus around, learning profound truths and seeing miracles. Then they watched him die. Then he rose from the dead. As their savior ascended out of sight, so many precious memories must have flashed before their eyes. They had been witnesses to the most significant period in human history. They knew their time with Jesus was something truly special and now it was all over.
As they gazed at the heavens, it must have been easy to think “what now?”
Snap out of it!
The apostles didn’t stare at the sky forever. Two messengers called their attention in Acts 1:11 and said,
Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.
They reminded the apostles that Jesus was coming back and simultaneously reminding them that Jesus left them with a mission.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. -Acts 1:8
Jesus was coming back. That meant they still had a mission to fulfill before he returned.
It was time to get to work.
Easter never ends
While we choose a specific date to celebrate the resurrection each year, we can celebrate it every day. You see, Easter never really ends because the resurrection never ends. It’s permanent. To this day, Jesus is alive and he is coming back.
I was very blessed celebrating Easter this year, but I too have a mission to accomplish. There’s world that needs to hear about the savior. Disciples need to be made. People need to be baptized and taught the ways of our savior.
Those of us who are witnesses to God’s love and goodness have a mission to share the good news with others. There is salvation in Jesus name. He is alive and he is coming soon.
Christians, it’s time to get to work.
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