Preparing For Resurrection Sunday
“He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen.” Matthew 28:6
This is really not so much a devotional email as it is an encouragement to start now preparing your hearts for an Easter season and day unlike any we have had before. Unless things change fairly soon, this will be an unusual Easter when we don’t even gather together, physically, to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. However, the current limitations on meeting in person should in no way keep us from worshipping and celebrating during this season; the following are a few ideas how to focus your heart and mind on the reality of the real reason we celebrate Resurrection Sunday:
Read an Entire Gospel between Now and April 12: You can easily read any of the four Gospels just by reading a couple of chapters a day between now and Resurrection Sunday.
Choose One Day to Fast and Pray: Setting aside one day to seek the Lord’s presence in fasting and prayer might prepare your heart for Easter Sunday more than anything else you can do. If a whole day seems overwhelming, how about skipping one meal on Good Friday, spending the time in prayer and meditation?
Watch a Movie about the Life of Jesus: My personal favorite is “Jesus of Nazareth”; it is long, but you could take a few nights the week before Easter to watch it. “The Passion of the Christ”, for those who can handle the intensity and (realistic) violence, is another good one. The 2016 movie “Risen” explores the resurrection through the eyes of an initial skeptic. (You may want to check reviews online before watching these last two movies with younger children.) There are, of course, many others.
Daily Devotions for the Week Leading Up to Easter Sunday: I am currently sending out daily devotions on various topics; starting April 1 I will send ones on the Seven Sayings of the Savior on the Cross. These will actually be the ones I sent out two years ago leading up to Easter in 2018. You can use these alone or to help your family prepare for Easter as well.
Invite: We will be continuing our Sunday Morning 10:30 online worship services; I would encourage you to send invitations to anybody and everybody to join us for these. I would especially encourage you to prayerfully invite others to tune in on Easter Sunday; I assure you they will hear the Gospel of Hope during this time when many are struggling to make sense of what is going on. They can join us by simply going to our web site eastmountainvineyard.org