By Lizzy Harford
Easter has come and gone, and in the wake of our echoing He is risen indeed, wilting white lilies, plastic egg hunts, leftover ham, our Easter bests rumpled on the floor, and our eyes so fixated on the Cross– life presses on. We all woke up for work on Monday, to take care of children, to let out the dog, to get ready for school. Life happened and it’s so easy to move on, leaving Easter in the dust, asking “what now?” and looking to what’s next. But I’ll tell you what’s next: Easter.
The Resurrection of Jesus is infinite
Now I don’t mean that in we need to look forward to next Easter, as in Easter 2017. Rather than waiting for it to roll around once a year, what would it look like if we took the posture of celebrating Easter every day? The Resurrection of Jesus is infinite. Let that sink in for a moment. The Resurrection of Jesus is reverberating throughout time, since the beginning of time to the end of time, on and on and on. Easter is every day. It was yesterday, it’s today, and it’s tomorrow. And we should live in light of that.
Easter, in a lot of ways, reminds me of a wedding. All the preparation that goes into gearing up for Easter Sunday, the decorations, the worship, the sermon, the food, and it’s all put on, and we come together to celebrate a joyous moment, the resurrection of Jesus, and then it’s all over. We leave. We may continue our celebration elsewhere, with family and friends. Some may find themselves doing tree removal and smoking up the house with a forgotten ham, but we purposefully come together to celebrate.
But the wedding is only the start of a marriage. It’s the marker of a union, a date that lives on year after year. It becomes an anniversary, serving as a reminder of the convenient binding a bride and groom before God, combining their messy lives into one under Christ. And a marriage is really celebrated day after day after day as a husband and wife live together and partake of their marriage.
Easter doesn’t stop after Sunday
And like a wedding, Easter doesn’t stop after Sunday. Daily, we partake from the infinite freedom that resulted from the Cross. The resurrection is the triumph of love. Resurrection Sunday is the very foundation of our faith, the anniversary of our King, the reminder that we’ve bound our broken and messed up lives to something greater, and that’s Jesus. It’s a day that we purposefully set aside to remind ourselves that Jesus conquered death on our behalf. And like the picture of marriage, we should live in that daily. And that’s greater than any earthly marriage, greater than any earthly love
We can’t withhold the Resurrection to Easter; acknowledge its power and presence only once a year. To do so would only cheapen the Cross– to cheapen Jesus. Jesus deserves to be celebrated every day, and you deserve to celebrate it too. Don’t deny yourself that. There’s something powerful and inspiring when we joyfully rest and work in Jesus’ work on the Cross. It’s where transformation happens, and life springs forth.