Easter Sunday is an opportunity to hear the greatest news ever, a reminder of the day that changed the world. The day Jesus rose from the dead, delivering proof that there is life beyond this one and that Jesus is the way to find it. There will never be a day like it, no person or breakthrough will ever over-shadow it. Easter reminds us that this life after death is not only possible but open to everyone who believes in Jesus.
Easter Sunday then should be a glorious celebration, a real event, but maybe it feels like an anti-climax.
So how can you make Easter the glorious, joyful and memorable day it should be? Well here are three easy and practical ways to make it count.
1. Make every effort to be at church for Easter Sunday and invite others to come.
Some of you have holidays booked but you could leave after the service. If you are going to be away why not find a church where you’re staying and spend Easter Sunday with them. Maybe you are already coming and could help someone else get to church. If we have the best news in the world we should make sure we share it, so make sure to invite your neighbours, friends and family. I think there are lots of people just waiting to be invited. You can do this any week, but some people are even more likely to come to church on Easter Sunday.
2. Help children you know to understand what Easter is really about.
Bunnies and Eggs are fun but hardly life changing, so why not share the Easter story with your children or grandchildren, read it from the Bible, get them to draw or paint some of the story. Make an Easter garden to help you picture what happened or download the Bible App for Kids on your Tablet or Phone (available for Apple and Android) and explore the story A Happy Sunday together.
3. Take time to prepare yourself for Easter Sunday
Use the longer days to get up a bit earlier or take time to read about the cross and resurrection before the day itself. Why not read Matthew 26-28 or Luke 22-24, there is nothing like hearing first hand what Jesus did for us. To celebrate you might like to read Ephesians 1 and give thanks to Jesus for what he has done for us. Better still you could memorise a verse that reminds you of what Jesus has done. How about John 3:16, John 14:2-3, 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, Revelation 21:3 or 1 Peter 2:24.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
When we recognise our need for Jesus, nothing can take away our joy. As we are reminded of Jesus’ willingness to die for us, we can see it truly is the best news in the world. So let’s do all we can to make the most of it.