Easter Monday 2017

It’s the day after Easter and I often blog on Easter Monday. I’m always exhausted and I always feel compelled to remind people to keep the joy of Easter alive.

Like last year, I think it will be easier to remind people of the joy of Easter, because Immanuel is involved in Stronger Together, an incredible movement to reach the people of Palatine with the life-saving message of Jesus Christ. Isn’t that what Easter is all about? I’ll be writing more about Stronger Together soon, but for now I’d like to share the following with you again this year because it’s really important that we keep Easter alive…

The magnificent sounds of the trumpets, organ, all the other instruments, and, of course, the choirs, are still ringing faintly in our ears. The colors and aroma of the beautiful Easter flowers are pleasant, but fading, memories. The company has gone home, or perhaps you yourself have returned from visiting friends and family. It was a wild, wonderful, and beautiful weekend. But now it’s Monday and we are exhausted, weary, and perhaps feeling the effects of stress from such a busy weekend. Now it’s time to get the kids to school (if they don’t have it off like our ILS students do), and/or get yourself off to work, finish the grocery list, pay the bills, start the laundry, run the errands, etc.

It’s only been a few hours since we were together in a full church shouting “He is Risen Indeed!” We felt good and confident that, for a few moments, everything in our life seemed to be okay. Our questions were answered. Collectively we had a sense that whatever challenges we may face in the next few days, we could come out ahead. God seemed closer and more real than he has in months, if not longer.

And now it’s Monday, the day after…
We aren’t sure what the disciples did on the Monday after.  Maybe they stayed together celebrating the news of the resurrection, while keeping a low profile in case soldiers or religious leaders came looking for them. We can’t be sure what they did on the day after Easter except we know that their lives were never the same. The men who had been so timid and fearful were now becoming courageous and brave. Their moments without faith were forgiven and their new mission was becoming very clear. Their questions were answered. Easter became such a huge part of their lives that nothing would ever be the same again.

For most people the day after Easter will seem like any other day. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can keep the joy of Easter alive not just today or this week but much, much longer. Let the spirit of God fill you with faith and the certainty that hope and optimism are yours through Jesus Christ.

Do not allow the day after Easter to take away the encouragement and optimism and hope you felt and knew on Easter Sunday. The tomb was empty and as you face whatever challenge comes your way just go back in your mind to that empty tomb. There is real power and hope and optimism there.

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God. (Psalm 42:11 ESV)

Let’s continue to look for answers together!

See you in church,
Pastor Tom

 

 

Author: Pastor Tom

Pastor Tom Acton

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