It’s been over a month since celebrating Christ’s resurrection during Easter. Holy week is long over and we’ve returned to our normal routine. And as sad as it is to admit, I haven’t been celebrating the resurrection of Christ each day in the same manner I did on Easter morning.
I don’t know about you but every Easter morning I wake up extremely excited. I typically participate in some sort of reading preparation for this joyous holiday, whether it is reading each gospel account of the crucifixion and the events leading up to it or a written Easter devotional. Starting off each day celebrating the resurrection of Jesus with an Easter devotional is my personal favorite.
This means I’m reflecting on the meaning of Jesus’ sacrifice more intentionally all week. So by the time Easter morning arrives, I am so excited to read the resurrection story in each gospel book or finish whatever reading material I was reading to celebrate!!!
I wake up so very joyful!! I’m extra excited to go to church. I wear a special Easter outfit. I play a variety of worship songs in the morning that have to do with Christ raising from the dead. And I just can’t wait to celebrate the resurrection all day! I want to keep shouting “He is risen!” And want to share with everyone all that the resurrection means!!
….but I don’t wake up this excited about the resurrection every day.
Why don’t I wake up this excited every day? After all, we celebrate Easter because Christ really did raise from the dead…but this truth is meant to be celebrated every day! This true, miraculous event has literally changed our lives in every way. It is the most important thing to ever happen. And it’s meant to impact the way we think and live as the body of Christ.
Celebrating the Resurrection of Christ Every Day: 5 Helpful Ideas
Easter is the best holiday and it’s good to reflect on what happened. It’s good to read Easter devotionals and spend time reflecting on the whole story. But the reason for it and the outcome is meant to be meditated on and celebrated daily.
How can we have more of an “Easter morning mindset”every day? Here are a few ideas:
1. Begin the day reviewing God’s redemption story
Remind yourself of the five parts to the gospel story: creation (God created all things and everything was perfect), rebellion (sin entered and separated us from God), rescue through Jesus Christ (we need a Savior to take upon the wrath and penalty we deserve from our sin), restoration to God (and the new life full of blessings He’s given us only through Christ), and the return of Jesus! Take time to really reflect on each point. It’s hard to wake up grumpy or live defeated when you have the gospel at the forefront if your mind.
2. Personalize the gospel
Remember how you were before God changed your heart. Before believing in Christ we were:
- dead (Ephesians 2:1; Colossians 2:13)
- lost but HE sought us out (Ezekiel 34:11; Romans 3:11; John 6:44)
- enemies of God (Romans 5:10; James 4:4)
- foolish (Titus 3:3; 1 Corinthians 2:14), blind (2 Corinthians 4:4)
We were headed for destruction and would receive the just payment for our disobedience against God. But now we:
- are alive in Christ and dead to sin (Colossians 2:13-14; Romans 6:1-14)
- have no condemnation (Romans 8:1)
- we have peace with God and are justified (Romans 5:1), redeemed and forgiven (Colossians 1:14; Ephesians 1:7; 1 John 1:9; Ephesians 4:32)
- united with the Lord (1 Corinthians 6:17), belong to the Lord (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), and a member of His body (1 Corinthians 12:27)
- have access to God (Romans 5:2; Ephesians 2:18) through our one mediator Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2:5)
- His adopted children (Galatians 4:4-7, John 1:12; Ephesians 1:5) friends (John 15:14-15), ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20), and saints (Ephesians 1:1)
- free and victorious (1 Corinthians 15:57)
- were darkness but now are light (Ephesians 5:8)
- will spend eternity praising Him because our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20)
- are called to spread the Gospel (Matthew 28:19-20)
*This is NOT an exhaustive list of our identity before or after Christ. Find much much more by reading your Bible!
3. Remember what the resurrection means
Christ’s resurrection changes everything. It shows that the payment HE bore for OUR sins was received by the Father. It proves that God is sovereign over all, defeating death, Satan, and sin forever. It reveals God’s heart…that He keeps His promises. Because of the resurrection, we can have a new, victorious life, completely justified, and lived through the power if the cross. And we will have new resurrected bodies as Christ did when the time comes. All of the above verses of our life after Christ are only possible because of the resurrection.
4. Begin the day with songs of praise
Not all praise songs are created equal. Too many contemporary Christian songs are all about us and not about God. Find biblical Christian artists and stick with them.
5. Celebrate all day!
Continually proclaim “Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed!” This isn’t just an Easter phrase but a marvelous truth that is true every single day now and forever!!! If you’re celebrating all day, unbelievers are bound to notice your excitement. And it sure helps to put things in perspective…spilling your coffee, stepping in gum, running out of gas, being late for the 50th time, arguing with your spouse, etc. Are all more manageable when we remember life’s greatest truth!
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