All Christian worship testifies to the resurrection of Christ. Jesus rose on the first day of the week.
And we worship on the first day of every week, Sundays,
the Lord’s day, to say to the world that we serve a risen Saviour. Sunday
worship speaks on every Sunday of the importance of the resurrection of Jesus to
every Christian and to all of humanity.
because the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the pinnacle of our faith, we also
have 7 Sundays, until Ascension Day and Pentecost Sunday that we call
Eastertide – a Season of focused learning about the impact on our lives when we
say that we serve a risen Saviour. To contemplate the eternal impact that Christ
has risen indeed!
weeks of Easter? What would we do for 50 days? Surely, we so not suggest seven consecutive
Easter egg hunts, or “leg of lamb dinners” in a row. And more importantly, celebrating
Eastertide is not duplicating Easter Sunday seven times over in Church. No,
it’s about taking time to reflect upon and delight in the truth of serving a
basic truth of Easter is simple: Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! Therefore,
the implications of the resurrection are so much more than we can learn about
during a 20-minute sermon on Easter Sunday! So, we need the seven weeks of
Eastertide to reflect deeply on the many-sided meaning of our Lord’s
Here are some themes to think and learn and pray about during Eastertide:
You can meditate upon what the resurrection says about who Jesus Christ
really is – the all-powerful and righteous Son of God - (Psalm 16:10; Acts
You may try to find the meaning of the truth that “our death has been swallowed
up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:54-56).
You should ask what it means that the power and might of the risen Jesus is
available to Christians today (Ephesians 1:15-23).
You will have to think of how the resurrection of Jesus assures of our own
resurrection (1 Corinthians 15).
Eastertide allows us to think deeply and to pray diligently about what the resurrection of Jesus means to me personally, to us as God’s people, and to the whole world.
Let’s celebrate and learn exuberantly!