Over at the Gospel Coalition Pastor Trevin Wax explains that America is doing Easter all wrong. The truth is, that much as Christmas gets a “season” of celebration, so too should Easter receive such pomp and circumstance. American Christians have forgotten that for us Easter should be as important (if not more important) than even Christmas.
Easter is our marking of our God, dying to satisfy the penalty of our sins and rising again to show his power over the death and hell. Let’s make Easter a season of celebration, instead of a single day.
Eastertide in Romania
Easter is a season, not just a day. And as someone who has experienced Eastertide firsthand, I confess that I miss it terribly.
In Romania, the evangelical churches (influenced by the Orthodox emphasis on the resurrection) gave much more attention to Easter.
- Our taste buds knew it was Easter when we savored the lamb.
- Our ears knew it was Easter because the greeting “Christ is risen, He is risen indeed” was standard for more than a month after Easter Sunday had passed.
- For weeks after Easter, the sermons and songs followed the story of the risen Lord. (The Sunday after Easter usually made mention of Jesus’ appearance to doubting Thomas.)
- We heard the great resurrection stories and post-resurrection appearances of Jesus again and again.
When I lived in Romania, I remember thinking, Easter is a big deal.
I miss Eastertide. I miss the 50 days between Easter and Pentecost. And it’s not because I don’t have my own Easter playlist going full blast during this time. I do, and I love it. It’s because I feel like I’m on my own. Everyone else seems to have moved on from Easter already.
Don’t Waste The Easter Season
Can we change this? Can we make sure that Easter isn’t a big deal only to the people who are in charge of our worship services and sermons? Is it asking too much to say that our celebration of the definitive moment in world history ought to linger for a while? Is it possible for the day to spill over into a season in which we dance and shout and sing and celebrate the climactic moment of Christianity that is now the lynchpin of our faith?
We are the only people in the world who visit the grave of the founder of our faith to see what isn’t there. That’s a big deal, and it’s time we made it that way.
(I welcome your suggestions about how to make Easter great again. See my suggestions for an Easter playlist if you want to join me in the musical side of this celebration.)
If you’re not sure about why Easter is so important and why we Christians celebrate it and “Holy Week” watch this great video.
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