Check your diary. Yes, it’s April the 1st. This is no April fools’. We are already a quarter through the year, and Easter is usually our marker in more ways than one. I find it’s the one holiday I am least prepared for, but often the one I maybe avoid? Round the corner from January, Easter tends to prick my conscience. Of all the spiritual goals I set before me, how much more of God has really filled my year? When the Easter weekend catches you, what will it find?
A monumental distraction
Ah the Easter weekend… when the bunny lands on your door step, he rings the bell and finds no ones home. This is the weekend of all weekends, where Christians much like the rest of the world plan how best to spend what has become the reprieve after the 1st term tornado.
The Easter weekend is marked out already in our plotting and scheming in January already. The last thing on our mind is the monumental gospel of Jesus Christ. We might miss church, but hey, we are at church 90% of the year.
But, sadly I think this is a monumental distraction on our part.
Easter (Jesus is here), please come…
It reminds me of the parable in Luke, when many are invited to the wedding banquet. Read with me,
“16 But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many. 17 And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant[a] to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ 18 But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.’19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.’ 20 And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’”
Once a year, the Lord of heaven and earth, invites us to feast on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. One by one we excuse ourselves from the weekend.
“Sorry, I bought this holiday home, I need to make best use of it, I will be away Lord…” You can almost hear Gareth Cliff shouting in the background- “It’s the Easter Weekend, baby”
“Sorry, we heading off to lunch here, dinner there.” It’s more than often a full weekend of different ways to spend my wealth.
“Sorry, we have family to attend to. This weekend is for those I hold dearest to me.”
Any of these ring a bell? We may not say them out loud, but actions speak louder than words.
Your Easter treasure (s?)
Easter, or the gospel of Jesus is meant to be the most treasured truth we hold dear, yet we are ensnared with other treasures.
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
They are often never evil things,; but good things. Money, family, leisure are all good gifts, but on this particular weekend they outshine Jesus. If the Easter weekend catches you, what will it find?
Who or what is your Easter treasure?
It’s very likely your plans for Easter are set in place, or your diary is full. Your eggs are stored, your buns are ready, the pickled fish is in the pantry, and you have made room to attend the Easter Service. Are you ready?
How do we open the door to Easter prepared to meet Jesus? Is church enough? We’ll tackle this in our next blog article on Easter: When Jesus came for Easter.