Easter is a beautiful holiday. The significance of the resurrection, taking place at the end of winter as spring fills the world, makes this a day of incredible meaning and joy. Add to that the fun of Easter egg hunts, colorful dresses and meals with family, and it’s the Christmas of springtime!
But the significance of Easter, much like that of Christmas, is easy to forget. The holiday ends and we go about our business, maybe buying some marked-down Easter candy as a reminder of the day. Yet Easter, as the climactic moment in gospel history, is not something to forget during the year. We can cultivate an “Easter spirit” in the months to come, and here are a few ways to do so.
1. Reread the Gospels
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John each record a unique perspective on Jesus’ life. Through each gospel’s tone, authorship and detail, we learn more about who Christ is and what he accomplished. Many people will read the passages leading up to Christ’s death and resurrection during Lent, the period prior to Easter according to the church calendar. But this is a great practice to use year-round! Continually remind yourself of why Christ came, what He did, and the freedom he accomplished through his death and resurrection—this is the foundation of our faith.
2. Study the Meaning of the Resurrection
What even IS the resurrection, and what does it mean for us today? This is a great question. The resurrection refers to the day Jesus was raised from the dead by the power of God and the Holy Spirit, and revealed himself not long after to his disciples. While Jesus’ death on the Cross atoned for our sin, it is his resurrection that completed this work. When Jesus rose from the dead, he proved that death had no control over him. He proved to Satan that “death has no sting” and those who follow him receive that same hope of eternal life after death.
It’s easy to forget this. Most of us don’t think about death or heaven on a daily basis! A practice of remembering the resurrection creates the same sense of joy and gratitude we celebrate on the Easter holiday.
3. Make Classic Easter Dishes
This is a simple one, but so much fun! Deviled eggs, hot cross buns, coconut cakes—so many Easter recipes signify the dawn of spring. We put away the soups, stews and roasted veggies for lighter fare, perhaps whipping out some fluffy muffins or trying a new recipe that points to the dawn of summer.
Just because winter comes back around doesn’t mean these recipes are forbidden! I like to make eggs Benedict with homemade English muffins, fruit salad and coffee as a reminder of spring (even when it isn’t).
4. Gather With Other Believers
Finally, don’t neglect to gather with other believers. The church is made of flawed, sinful humans, and as such, it will have flawed, sinful moments. You may have been hurt by the church in the past, but remember: We can’t judge all Christians based on the actions of a few. Don’t let Easter be the only time you visit a sanctuary. Find a church that is welcoming, teaches the Word and encourages you to join their community! It is in the company of fellow believers that we grow and thrive in our faith. If that isn’t the Easter spirit, I don’t know what is!