Do Not Make Easter “Less Monstrous”

April 6, 2012 — Leave a comment

I look forward to every Easter and I am especially looking forward to gathering with you this Easter Sunday morning.  What’s particularly interesting is that many believe that April 8 is the most likely date of Christ’s resurrection. At least that is the conclusion given in the New International Commentary on Luke.

The most likely date on our calendar for the crucifixion was April 6 with the resurrection on April 8.  According to these scholars, Jesus was in the grave a portion of April 6, all of April 7, and a few hours of April 8. Up from the grave he then arose, with a mighty triumph over his foes, never to die again. Whether that date is absolutely correct or not, the good news of the gospel remains eternal, “He is not here, for He is risen!”

This Sunday features two very distinct types of worship service styles although the essence of both is the same.  Our first service will be in the normal flow of things but with a very specific Easter theme.  My message for the morning is called, “Maximizing Easter” – a title which is derived from John Updike’s famous poem called Seven Stanzas at Easter in which he says of Easter these words:  “let us not seek to make it less monstrous…” 

Easter involves a real story, a real resurrection, a real tomb, a real rolling stone, a real Savior and a very real hope for you and me.  Let us not make Easter “less monstrous” but let us maximize Easter as the doorway to salvation and strength, the Independence Day of our souls.

Our second service features a creative worship experience called BELIEVE and it is part Passion Play, part choral presentation, part music and part drama.  We will take communion together and witness the story of Easter through the eyes of Mary, Pilate, Caiaphas, the apostle John, and the apostle Thomas (doubting Thomas.)  A lot of people have put in a ton of time and I think your heart will be warmed. 

Whichever service you are a part of this Sunday, I look forward to celebrating Resurrection Sunday with you.  Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed!

Here are some photos from last night’s (Thursday) rehearsal of BELIEVE: 

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