Easter on Sunday will look a lot different this year than last year’s holy day. The world as we once knew it had been shut down due to COVID-19 last year. As I recall I was cooking lunch as I listened and watched our minister preach his Easter sermon. Churches had closed their doors to public attendance and ministers could be seen for many more months preaching their sermons through social media. I think most churches are now open to the public.
It was certainly a different feel than previous Easters.
Easter always seems to bring about a renewed spirit and joy as the Lord’s resurrection is celebrated.
Aside from the spiritual meaning, it is alway a happy time for the children as candy eggs and real eggs are hidden for them to find.
Easter marks the anniversary of Jesus’ resurrection and ascension to heaven.
It arrives at the end of Holy Week and right after Good Friday, which commemorates Jesus’ crucifixion and death
It is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb on the third day after his crucifixion. Easter is the fulfilled prophecy of the Messiah who would be persecuted, die for our sins, and rise on the third day. (Isaiah 53). Remembering the resurrection of Jesus is a way to renew daily hope that we have victory over sin. According to the New Testament, Easter is three days after the death of Jesus on the cross.
With the terrible year we have just been encountered with so many deaths from the virus, Easter will have a special meaning this year.
Praises unto our Lord and Savior as we look forward to a better year.
I believe it will be as we get the year started this Sunday with a renewed spirit.