The Astonishment of Easter

The Astonishment of Easter

Guess what? Easter has started! Yeah, April 12th was only the beginning of Eastertide. We actually get Easter for the next fifty (count ‘em – 50) days! We get SEVEN SUNDAYS of Easter, taking us all the way to Pentecost, on May 31st.

We carry the joy and astonishment of Easter with us beyond a single Sunday. In the early church, in fact, every single Sunday was a celebration of the resurrection. I’ve heard some people who say that in the early church, “Every Sunday was Easter.” 

The next two Sundays, my sermons have specific Easter themes. On the 19th, I’ll preach on the events recorded in John regarding Thomas and his encounter with the risen Jesus. Then on the 26th, my focus will be the story of the “walk to Emmaus” from Luke, in which two disciples meet the risen Jesus as they travel.

And we are already making plans to celebrate “Easter 2.0” when we are able to gather in person again. We aren’t sure when that will be, of course. But whatever weekend it is, we are going to make it as “Eastery” as we possibly can and really celebrate the abundant, everlasting life that we know in Christ Jesus. 

Easter has started! Jesus is alive! And now we carry the astonishment of Easter with us into this new season, celebrating life. It is more than a single day, a single worship experience. Easter is a lifestyle. Easter is a way of being. 

“Easter people, raise your voices! Sounds of Heaven in earth should ring!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Easter people, let us sing!”
– William James, 1979

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