Easter feels a little different this year, as we all plan to celebrate at home, rather than gather under one roof. Even though we can’t physically be together, we can still worship online as a church family and celebrate the most important event ever to happen: the Resurrection of Jesus Christ! No matter the circumstances we encounter, Christ has shown us that he will never leave us or forsake us. And to be honest, I’ve needed that reminder lately, myself.
“In a matter of days, all that I knew had changed—and not just in my own life, but in the whole world.”
About a week into this pandemic shutdown, I noticed my anxiety level was really high. So I stopped and asked myself what was causing me so much stress. The answer? I like control in my life. I make plans and order my days. So when something comes up to change my plans, it causes me stress. I also realized that with each press briefing, my control was less and less. The control I thought I had over my life was an illusion. In a matter of days, all that I knew had changed—and not just in my own life, but in the whole world.
We can imagine what Christ’s disciples felt like when Christ was crucified. All the plans they had were gone. They thought they were part of a movement that was going to change the world. But in a few days, it was all gone. Or so they thought.
A Hope and A Future
What I realized in my life is that I am not in control, but God is. God is the maker of Heaven and Earth and all that is in it. He is in control. This virus didn’t take him by surprise. I trust what God said in Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT). “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
“We don’t have to be anxious; we know God’s will and plan. And it is good!”
The disciples thought Christ had been defeated. But God was in control then as he is now. On the third day, Christ rose from the grave, defeating sin and death, making a way for us to be forgiven and accepted into eternal life with him. We don’t have to be anxious; we know God’s will and plan. And it is good! That’s why we celebrate Easter. Because he lives! We can face today and tomorrow and whatever this life brings.
The Good News
During this uncertain time, we know so many people are searching for answers and need to find God. Invite people you know to one of our Easter Services so they can hear and respond to the best news ever. The Good News of Jesus Christ and his Resurrection. He died and was raised, so that we can one day live for eternity in Heaven with him, but also so we can have the power and peace to live for today.
He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!