Another Easter season is behind us. What’s next?
For Christians, our two major annual celebrations occur rather close together. This year, there were exactly 15 weeks from Christmas Day to Easter Sunday. We now begin a long stretch of 37 weeks until the next Christmas Sunday. (That is more than two-thirds of the year.) How are we to use this time?
Jesus answered this question in a “post- Easter” address to His followers. Between His resurrection and His ascension into Heaven, He gave us The Great Commission:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
The best way for us to invest the next eight months is to continue sharing the message of Christmas and Easter with the world. Let’s tell everyone how God sent His Son to be our Saviour. Conceived by God’s Holy Spirit, Jesus was born of a virgin, so He was both fully God and fully Man.
Jesus lived a perfect life, and yet He died on the Cross to pay the penalty for humanity’s sin. He rose again on the third day, and He’s alive today, granting forgiveness and eternal life to whoever believes in Him and accepts Him as their Lord and Saviour.
The holidays are over, but the work of the Church goes on. There is a lost world that needs to know the Saviour that we celebrate.
Pastor Kent Babbey