This weekend is the SUPER BOWL for saints. The FINAL FOUR for followers of Christ and the WORLD SERIES for those who are serious about what JESUS did for us over 2,000 years ago. We’re celebrating the single greatest event in all of human history: The RESURRECTION of JESUS from the grave.
So what’s the best way to get ready for it?
(1) PRAY. Perhaps the most underrated aspect of the Christian life is prayer. None of us pray as much as we could or should. Certainly the celebration of Easter centered on the death, burial and resurrection should call for extended times of prayer, thanking God for the blessings He has given us.
(2) PROMOTE. Peter and John were ordered not to speak or teach at all in the name of JESUS. Their response? “We cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20). Surely those of us who have experienced the joy of salvation should share it with those who have not. In our current culture of bad news, 24-hours a day, the time has never been better for the GOOD NEWS. We should use whatever avenues of communication we can to spread the Word to everyone we know.
(3) PLAN. A preacher friend of mine says, “What happens on Sunday is always a Saturday night decision.” In others words, we plan ahead for the things that are important to us and worship ought to be number one. So make plans right now to be part of your church’s EASTER celebration. Get it on your calendar. Tell your family and friends, “This is what we are going to do and when we are going to do it.”
(4) PREPARE. A vital part of planning is preparing. It's not enough to have a plan if you don’t make the preparations to execute it. I have a long-time habit of creating my “To-Do” list for the next day before I go to bed the night before. I also put out the shirt I plan to wear the next day. The short answer on the shirt? If I want my wife to iron it, it needs to be out the night before. Make all the preparations you need to make so this year’s Easter celebration can be your best ever.
(5) PROVIDE. A lot of people will head to Easter celebrations excited about what they are going to get out of it and that’s to be expected. However, as Christ-followers, shouldn’t we also be prepared to give of ourselves to the One Who has given us everything? Easter weekend is the perfect opportunity to give a special gift. Lots of people spend money on new clothes for their kids, even themselves. Many will buy Easter gifts and do special things for friends and family. Let’s make sure we give our best to the Lord and His Church, especially this EASTER weekend.
“Make plans right now to be part of your church’s EASTER celebration.”
(6) PARTICIPATE. One year ago, because of the global pandemic that was just beginning to spread, people were not allowed to celebrate Easter publicly. This year, it’s the exact opposite. People who want to celebrate will be able to do so. Here at Crossroads, we have intentionally planned all of our services outdoors so people can worship as spaciously and safely as they desire and still be part of EASTER weekend. Unless you are physically sick or unable to come, don’t let anything or anyone keep you from worshiping the RISEN LORD this EASTER WEEKEND.
(7) PRAISE. The Resurrection is the centerpiece of Christianity. It’s mentioned 104 times in the New Testament and was the central theme to all of the apostolic preaching in Acts. Eleven of the 12 Apostles eventually died martyr’s deaths on the basis of two things: the Resurrection of JESUS Christ and their belief in Him as the Son of God. The Resurrection is what sets Christianity apart from every other religion. One commentator said, “Just as the heart pumps life-giving blood to every part of the body, so the truth of the resurrection gives life to every other area of gospel truth.”
According to Peter, because of the Resurrection of JESUS Christ, we have been born again with a living hope and an inheritance kept in heaven for us (1 Peter 1:3-4). The Apostle Paul said, “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.” But the angel declared, “He is not here! He is risen, just as He said!” The tomb is empty and we have a reason to praise God and celebrate what JESUS has done like never before.
So get ready. Let's celebrate!
© 2021. Barry L. Cameron
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.