Easter 2020 – The Social Distancing Version
By: R. L. Wilson | ©2020
Easter is cancelled this year.
Well, not exactly. What we will have to do without is the trappings of Easter—the Easter Egg hunts, the sunrise services, the family ham dinner, the Easter bunny.
Easter: Social Distancing
Instead, we can spend this year focusing on what Easter is actually about. Because, you see, Easter really has nothing to do with the Easter bunny. Or at least it shouldn’t. So, since we have this opportunity to strip our lives down to basics, why not do the same with Easter? Grab your Bible and read through the Gospels’ accounts of Jesus’ final week.
Do you see yourself in the major characters?
- The crowd that welcomed Him
- The crowd that turned on Him
- The one who betrayed Him
- The ones whose feet He washed
- The soldiers who arrested Him
- The disciples who deserted Him
- The women who watched from afar
- The criminals who were crucified with him
- The “secret disciple” who claimed His body and buried Him
- The guards assigned to the tomb
- The women who first found the tomb empty
- The disciples who ran to the tomb to confirm the women’s story
- The discouraged disciples to whom Jesus appeared in the Upper Room
- The two on the road to Emmaus who did not recognize Him
- Peter, who received a special commission from Jesus at the seashore
Depending on who you best resembled, are there changes you need to make in your life? This would be a great time to do a spiritual inventory and throw out the trash.
Meditate on the incredible truth of John 3:16-17:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the word to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
Recognize yourself as a sinner for whom Jesus died. Spend time alone or with your family thanking God for this incredible gift He has given you. And this Easter, gratefully remember that since Jesus has been raised, your victory over sin is secured, and your faith is not in vain! (1 Cor. 15:14).
He is risen indeed!