Celebrating Easter

Cross at Sunrise

Recently we were watching some of the old 8mm movies my parents filmed while we were growing up. I noticed something while watching them, that was they were almost all special occasions. Things like Christmas, birthdays and many years recorded of us celebrating Easter. You could always tell it was Easter because my parents would line us kids up to show off our “Easter cloths,” (at least while we were little kids). My sister Janet would be dressed up in a frilly dress, usually with a hat and my little brother and I would be wearing ties and jackets. We would pile into the car and head for church and have our regular worship assembly. Normally we would gather with extended family for a carry in lunch meal at my grandparent’s home. Of course the traditional ham and potato salad, etc. and I even remember my aunt Lorene making a cake one year in the shape of a lamb with fuzzy coconut in the icing. That was how we celebrated Easter.

Now what does that have to do with the traditional Easter the world celebrates? Just that we see it differently than much of the world. Melody has shared that when she came into our family that was one of the things that surprised her, that is: “Why we don’t have special Easter services in our church.” Of course it didn’t take her long to figure it out as key to our beliefs is at remembrance of the death, burial and resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ.  The difference of course is that we celebrate this every week rather than just once a year. That is really what the Lord’s Supper is all about, isn’t it?

Paul reminds us in with these words in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26: “For I received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which he was betrayed took bread; and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, This is my body, which is for you: this do in remembrance of me. In like manner also the cup, after supper, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood: this do, as often as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink the cup, ye proclaim the Lord’s death till he come.” (ASV)

Did you notice the phrase, “as often as ye”? That seems to indicate that it is more than a once a year event. Acts 20:7 shares this understand, “And upon the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread.” The purpose of them coming together each week was to “break bread” or “partake in the Lord’s Supper” with each other. While 1 Corinthians 16:2 indicates that the first Christians met “every first day of the week”.

So, is it wrong to “celebrate Easter”? No, it’s never wrong to remember the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. However remember His Word, the Bible, tells us to do it each and every week. I hope you still enjoy dressing up special and the special family meals, I do!

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