OPINION: Easter should not mean more this year, but it will
One Sunday every spring, Christians across the world gather to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Fathers pull out their best ties, mothers get out their prettiest dresses and children are clothed like they are attending a fancy ball in New York City.
Pastors and ministers will try figure out a new and unique way to preach the message of Jesus moving the stone away from the tomb on the third day.
It’s the one Sunday every year, you can almost count on every Christian to attend church.
For me personally, I have attended church my entire life and I can honestly say I never imagined not sitting in a pew listening to my pastor preach about Jesus on Easter.
This Sunday, that will become a reality and will be a reality for everyone across the nation.
The Coronavirus outbreak has crippled this country and made us all think about life in a different way.
Instead of gathering in churches, people will sit in their homes on Sunday morning and turn on their televisions, computers or iPads to watch the message of Easter delivered through a screen.
The fact of the matter is this year, Easter is going to feel different for us. The question I have for everyone is, should it?
The one constant we can rely on through this crisis is that God is still in control. He has always been in control and will always be in control.
The COVID-19 pandemic did not change the fact that Jesus Christ died on the cross for all our sins and rose from the dead three days later after defeating Satan.
That is something that we can all take solace in and in fact, the only thing we should be taking solace in right now.
As Christians, we should be leaning on the strength God gives us and finding peace in the fact that God is bigger than this situation. Jesus died on that cross, defeated evil and came back to life.
I am not saying we shouldn’t be taking this time seriously and take precautions against the virus. We absolutely should.
We all need to be social distancing, washing our hands as much as possible and wearing masks and gloves when and if we leave our homes. That is not living in fear, that is being smart.
We need to listen to and respect the decisions of our leaders because that is what the Bible commands us to do.
Now is not the time for divisiveness. Now is the time to come together and get through this and Christians should be leading the way because the ultimate leader, Jesus Christ died on that cross for each and every one of us.
Easter comes at a good time in this epidemic. We all need a message of hope and what better message than the death and resurrection of Jesus? Trust me, there is none.
I believe the message of Easter will echo around the world this weekend, but shouldn’t that be the case every year?
Let this be a lesson to us for the future. It shouldn’t take a crisis like the Coronavirus to make that happen.
Easter should be the most important weekend for us every single year.
Bottom line … Easter should not mean more this year, but it will.