Easter is over. The contents of plastic eggs have been eaten. Hard boiled Easter eggs are now egg salad and only the head of the chocolate bunny remains in the box. Baskets have been tucked away in the basement waiting for next year. And Jesus has been tucked safely back in the tomb.
On Easter Sunday morning churches fill with people to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Hearts soar and joy fills the souls of the faithful who rejoice in Christ’s triumph over sin and death.
Then comes the morning after. The emotional charge of Easter Sunday has left our hearts. Our soul, which had soared upward into the heavens on the wings of the truth of the resurrection, is brought earthward and burdened with the cares of the day. Our minds exchange meditations on the glories of Christ for a list of errands and groceries.
Our worldly cares, push any thoughts of Christ’s resurrection out of our minds, doubt loudly declaring, “Move along there is nothing to see here.” It also makes us question the Easter miracle, and when we look back at the tomb, the stone covers the opening and we go back to our old lives, going about business as though Christ was lying cold, still and dead inside the sepulcher.
Easter isn’t an event to recognize but a daily reality to live by.
When Jesus suffered and died on the cross and rose from a borrowed tomb, he proclaimed the dawn of a new world for mankind — one no longer ruled by the curse of sin.
By becoming sin for our sake, Jesus took away the punishment we deserved for our rebellion against God. In return, Jesus gave us His perfect righteousness and eternal life in relationship with the Father.
Easter isn’t meant to be a once-a-year celebration, but a daily reminder that, through our faith in Jesus, we each have access to His resurrection power in every ordinary moment of our lives.
When the challenges and troubles of this world bear down on us, Jesus is our example, our comfort, our hope and our peace.
I found the following excerpt that will encourages us to experience the resurrection life right here, right now:
Give your best at all times because God gave us Jesus, His one and only Son, His very best, as a sacrifice for our sin. (John 3:16)
When you experience failure, remember that Jesus was a failure in the eyes of the world, but He was more concerned about being a success in the eyes of his Father. (Hebrews 5:8)
Serve your co-workers instead of competing with them because Jesus did not win His victory through His power but through His sacrificial love. (Ephesians 5:2)
Assume the best about your co-workers because Jesus was crucified and died for those who assumed the worst about Him. (John 10:33.)
When you are tempted to cut corners for short-term gain, remember that Jesus didn’t take a shortcut to win the ultimate prize of the salvation of mankind. (Luke 22:42)
When it seems too painful to forgive, remember that Jesus suffered to the point of death to bring forgiveness to His enemies. (Luke 23:34)
When your kids are going their own way, remember that Jesus had to lay down his own life before he could win the stubborn and rebellious. (John 10:11.)
Put the needs of weak, needy and vulnerable above your own, because Jesus left heaven for earth and died so that the powerless could be lifted up to new life. (Luke 4:18)
When you feel crushed by your responsibilities, remind yourself that nothing, not even death itself, could hold Jesus down, and His power lives in you. (Acts 2:23-24)
Sacrifice for, cherish and nurture your spouse because Jesus suffered and died so His bride, the church, could be made beautiful in righteousness. (Ephesians 5:25-27)
When your friends fail you, remember that Jesus experienced the pain of distrust and betrayal from his friends. Jesus died and rose again to restore our broken relationship with the Father so we could be ambassadors of reconciliation to all. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
Don’t put money ahead of relationships, knowing the Savior of the World was betrayed and crucified for what only 30 pieces of silver could buy. (1 Timothy 6:10)
Don’t live for pleasure in this world, because Jesus suffered knowing that the greater joy was leading His people into eternal life with the Father. (Hebrews 12:2)
Stop judging yourself better than others because Jesus was put to death by those who thought themselves righteous. (Romans 10:3)
When you experience the pain of illness and disease, remember that your Spirit and body are meant for glory, not in this world but another. (1 Corinthians 15:42-44)
When you are fearful, remember Jesus sweat blood in fear of what was before Him, but He trusted His Father to carry Him through the darkness of suffering and crucifixion. (Matt 26:42)
When you are lacking hope, remember that Jesus believed His Father who promised the best was yet to come. (Hebrews 2:9)
On the day after Easter, and each day after that, the stone remains rolled away from the entrance of Christ’s tomb and all believers must live out this eternal truth to a dying world that Christ is alive.