Today’s the 25th of the month. When you see “25th” does it bring any particular season to mind?
Which holiday do you most remember and (try to) prepare for ahead of time?
c) the Fourth of July?
Which holiday does the Bible say to remember?
I think you’ve got it! Easter! Or better put, Resurrection Day. At least the event it celebrates…
Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel (2Ti 2:8).
Scripture also says to remember the events leading up to it: The Last Supper, the torment of His final days, the cross, the death. He Himself instructed,
“This do in remembrance of me”
[Thus] you proclaim the Lord’s death till he comes
-1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Really remembering, really considering it all, what believer could commemorate Resurrection Day without exuberant gratitude and emotional celebration?
Those of us with liturgical traditions or who otherwise observe Lent probably are remembering! The promise of freedom from our self-imposed restriction dangles before us like carrot before mule, yet unlike the carrot it does loom happily nearer as the apex Day approaches.
But those of us with non-liturgical traditions… Well, sometimes the very calendar-marked day takes us by surprise! (As… “Next Sunday is Easter? Already?”)
But, in either case, Christmas usually gets the most forethought, and fore-effort.
Nothing wrong with celebrating profusely a day marking His birth.
What’s wrong is how we forget God’s crowning week of all history!
It was last year, I think, a brother in Christ said to me, “I don’t really do much for Easter.” I wondered how many other Christians would say the same.
Some of us, sometimes, do plain nothing.
Guilty here, in the past (hanging head)! Before I believed and started following Christ, I even moved (household) one Easter. (God made this event memorable with a major snowstorm!) Even afterward, my highest holiday, for the longest time, definitely remained Christmas.
But of late I’ve taken time to think ahead, to prepare for and consciously walk through Holy Week in blessed remembrance–especially to prepare my mind and heart.
Result? A Resurrection Day brimming full with so much richer mixture of joy and gratitude trumping grief. Not from added busy flourishes, mind you, but simply from focusing on the holy wonder of that final week, the horrid death, the dark despair, the bursting light of life re-risen and victory won over sin and death!
A few years back, after making this springtime change, I sat in a pew on Easter morning, listening to the scriptures, reveling in the Resurrection. And I happened to turn and behold that part of the congregation behind me. I think I was expecting to exchange joy looks, revel in company over this earth-shaking marvel.
But what I saw was almost a blow! Blank faces, all around. Zombie like! Yike! I turned again and did my reveling quietly in private.
Who wants to joy with me this “Easter”? Because I’m figuring on it. And in anticipation, I’m purposing to remember… all He did that Holy Week (the extent of it was amazing!) I hope to share my focus here, in reposts and new posts, remembering: His giving, His pouring out of self and all, His dying, His winning… His glory!