This Easter will be a little different than our typical Easter celebrations. With the social distancing and isolation in place, there won’t be the large church services with new spring dresses, the family gatherings for lunch, or the community egg hunts.
But instead of looking at what this Easter will be missing, choose this time to refocus Easter on what Easter is actually all about. We can celebrate this Easter more like the first Easter – in quiet awe of the miracle of the resurrection.
On that first Easter morning, Mary Magdalene went alone to the tomb when she saw the resurrected Jesus. She fell at His feet in worship then ran to the tell the others (Matthew 28:9-10). When John and Peter heard the news, they ran to investigate for themselves, then went home to tell their families (John 20:3-10). The disciples on the road to Emmaus were taught by the resurrected Jesus how the Old Testament scriptures had been fulfilled in Him (Luke 24:25-27). The disciples were together in the upper room when the resurrected Jesus appeared to them. Jesus showed them His hands and His feet, and Thomas said, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:26-27). And Jesus taught them from the Law of Moses, and the Prophets, and the Psalms so they might comprehend the Scriptures (Luke 24:40-45).
This Easter, may we fall at the feet of Jesus and worship Him, and then run to tell others the good news. May we investigate the accounts of Jesus and the empty tomb to understand its truth, and then teach our families. May we consider His wounds and cry out to Him as our Lord and our God. May we study the Scriptures to comprehend what He has done for us.