“That’s what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. Each of us is raised into a light-filled world by our Father so that we can see where we’re going in our new grace-sovereign country.” Romans 6: 3-4
Every Day is Easter Day
As a note of trivia, the date of this past Easter Sunday was the latest date for Easter until April 21, 2030. This is the latest date of Easter for the next 19 years until April 25, 2038. * Being later in the month helps with the weather. This year it was a lovely warm and sunny Easter day.
The church was packed with worshippers celebrating the good news of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. The children crowded around me for the Easter story and we had the voices of a wonderful choir singing two joyous anthems. The church looked wonderful as the light flooded through our beautiful stained-glass windows. The front of the church was decorated with Easter flowers and plants and the aroma filled the sanctuary.
But, the heart and soul of the day was the celebration of the resurrection. All the effort, all the involvement, all the personal preparation was to prepare us and focus us on the experience of Jesus Christ’s presence in our life, because of the grace of God and the work of the Holy Spirit. As we celebrate the wonderful Easter story of Jesus, we affirm our own resurrection experience.
Over the centuries the church looked for ways to publicly act out and declare the glorious power of their resurrection experience. So, as the Apostle Paul writes above, our personal Christian experience, especially as acted out in the sacrament of baptism, is an expression of our own resurrection experience. Covered in the waters of baptism, as if into the grave, we rise from the darkness of death into a new light and grace filled life by our faith in the Lord.
So, what do I make of this? Simply this; every day is Easter! We have, in some awesome, marvelous way, the gift of Christ’s resurrection presence within us every day. We can experience the hope and joy of God’s life affirming power and presence working in our lives each day and in every situation.
As Jesus said in the Gospel of John, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:9
May you enjoy the rich blessings of Easter Sunday, every day of your life. Come join us on Sunday to experience the joy of God’s love and Christ presence through the Holy Spirit.
Peace and Joy;
Rev. Donald M. Pitches