Easter is going to be…. different this year.
Typically, churches gather together and pack out their buildings in order to celebrate Resurrection Sunday.
Typically, my own church will have a Sunrise Service, followed by a full breakfast, followed by another bigger Worship Service.
Typically, I will stand in front and loudly proclaim, “He is risen” and that is always met by an even louder response from the congregation of, “He is risen indeed!”
Typically, between services families will gather in front of one of the big trees outside and take fun family pictures.
Typically, kids will be given some sort of goody at children’s church.
Typically, we all will dress just a little bit nicer and I’ll say, “I wore a tie because, ya know, its Easter after all.”
Typically, we will see new visitors, family members from out of town, or people who normally only come to church twice a year.
Typically, families will gather with extended family for a big lunch or dinner that is just a tad too stressful to put together.
Typically, Easter Sunday is full of fun, loads of smiles, hugs and handshakes, and plenty of “Amens!”
But this isn’t a typical Easter. Most, if not all of those things will not happen for millions of believers this coming Sunday. Our typical Easter celebrations are no longer reality.
So, let me tell you about a few things that do remain reality.
Jesus is alive.
The tomb is empty.
Death has lost its victory.
Sin is defeated.
The free gift of eternal life is available.
God is in control.
The harvest is still plentiful.
The workers, unfortunately, are still few.
The Gospel is still the best news ever.
This Easter may not be typical, but Jesus is still alive. And that profound truth changes everything about today! My prayer is that in the midst of losing all of our typical traditions we will be able to see Jesus even more clearly. And as we see Him clearly, we will clearly make Him known!