I love Easter! It is truly a celebration of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. He was our sacrificial lamb and without fault but because of His great love we were given the opportunity to decide to follow Him and he would cover us with that redemptive blood and allow us to be reconciled to His father and our God! If that isn’t powerful… WELL, I don’t know what is!
I have been in Christian world a long time and I have noticed that Easter and Christmas are the highlights of the Christian calendar and for the very GREAT reason, but what happens beyond Easter (and Christmas for that matter)? We go back to regular Christian living.
I have often reflected on the passage in Acts chapter one, which reads:
“And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, ‘which,’ He said, ‘you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’ Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, ‘Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?’ And He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.'”
What I see Jesus saying here is that the promise of a savior was birthed upon his birth and the movement of the kingdom of God being established was indeed started on that first Easter Sunday BUT what I see here in this passage is that the movement of His kingdom is a work of the Holy Spirit but to be a labor of love by His people.
I believe more than ever that we are called to be His ambassadors as we labor in love to see His kingdom come and He will be done on earth as it is in Heaven! This means that Easter is our annual celebration to remember and celebrate what Jesus did but we must not stop at Easter because what comes next is just as amazing… it is the untold story of the kingdom of God being ushered in by His people “making disciples” who will transform the world.
I don’t know about you but I think the weeks to come are some of the most crucial weeks in all of the church calendar. We are called to be His “witnesses” in our communities, in our states, in our countries and to the utter ends of the earth.
I hope we all had a great celebration but I hope even more in the weeks that follow that we will “GO MAKE DISCIPLES“.