Most of Detroit is getting ready for the Easter holiday, much like Christmas, Easter usually gets suffocated under the glazed ham, egg hunts and swanky pastel outfits. Randomly people were asked on the streets what Easter means to them?
“Celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ” says Karen from Westland
“Jesus died and rose again, that’s what we celebrate” Carol from Inkster
“Family, friends loving each other, we go to church and have a big family dinner”, local high school student.
Churches all around the city are usually filled to capacity as annual “Easter only” members head out to the special services. Christians everywhere feverously lobby family, friends and the un-churched and urge them to attend services. Everyone waits to see the church mothers in pretty hats and toddlers in cute double breasted suits with the matching leather shoes or little girls in pink and orange with coordinating hair accents looking as polished as a new nickel. There is much effort put into getting ready for Easter Sunday, everything from appointments with your stylists to what’s on the menu is thought about in detail.
Easter represents the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection; the oldest Christian services more than likely honored Christ with worship, singing, prayer, festivals and feasts. Much like then, today many sermons mirror the same premise but the struggle is keeping the Easter mindset long after the holiday. Where’s Jesus after the holiday?
Most people who go to church only on widely recognized holidays would probably revisit churches if churches weren’t so judgmental in its approach to bring people to Christ. Cautious footsteps have to be taken when dealing with the unsaved. Granted everyone has their own opinion and it’s easy to judge but everyday should be taken with the careful preparation that comes with Easter.
Around A.D 300, churches divided the observance with Good Friday being recognized for the crucifixion of Jesus and Easter Sunday to the resurrection. The Apostle Paul states that unless there is genuine beliefin the resurrection of Jesus, the entire foundation of a believer’s faith is futile and lacks merit.
“And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain” 1 Corinthians 15:14
Where is Jesus? If the Easter holiday is the only reason some may visit church or an impromptu invitation by a friend or relative is behind the visit, it’s just as vital that one go. God places high priority on those who are lost. The parable of the shepherd of 100 sheep and the urgency to find the one lost should be a focus everyday for a Christian. Matthew 18:12, 13, 14.
Maybe before Easter and after, remember the lost sheep and when that special invite isn’t seen after Easter service, make it a point to search and seek out the lost and lovingly show them home. Today’s Church leaves an unfortunate stain with many non-believers because it lacks the platonic love that is God. Some Churches are overrun with competition and the rush to financially excel, when souls are on the line and one truly becomes responsible for the other, things will change and comfort will replace anxiety.
The resurrection is the meaning behind Easter, respecting the church and caring how you look is important but saving lives and reviving true Evangelism is what really builds the kingdom.