15 Mar Why Easter? – Stephen Mizell
As Spring arrives each year, there is much made around church concerning Easter. People are encouraged to invite others. It tends to be one of the largest and usually THE largest attended weekend of the year at church. Sometimes additional services are added to accommodate the numbers of people that will arrive that Sunday. For some, it will be their first time in church. For others, it is their annual observance of Christianity. Each local church usually puts on their best face for this day in an attempt to reach a few of those people. Special activities are planned. Families have meals. Easter egg hunts are organized. The children and ladies (and a few men) get new clothes to wear Easter Sunday. Often families are together in church for one of the few times annually.
You may wonder why so much is made over Easter. Why do so many more people come to church that day than any other? Why does the church put so much effort into this one weekend? The are numerous reasons why that is the case, but here are a few that may help you understand the importance of Easter to the church.
Easter is the time set aside to celebrate the fact that as Christians we are victorious. We are not necessarily celebrating a specific date, rather we are celebrating a specific day and event. The celebration of Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The celebration of His overcoming death and the grave. The power of the resurrection offers each of us hope that we too can be overcomers. We are offered the hope that death is not the end but through Christ each of us can experience the resurrection as well.
We Want Everyone Else To Experience It
Since we believe Jesus Christ is the answer for the world and He overcame sin and death through His death, burial and resurrection, we want everyone to experience this same hope. Easter gives us an opportunity to share this story of hope as we celebrate the resurrection. It doesn’t mean we do not tell the story at other times during the year. Easter celebration simply gives us a built-in opportunity to share it again.
People Are More Receptive
Though everyone may not be a Christ follower, many people have a concept of Christianity and understand that a significant part of our narrative is the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. This is often the same experience at Christmas as we celebrate His birth. Because people who may not be Christians, or who may not attend church, are aware of this celebration, it tends to be a good time to invite new people to church. They are often more open to come because they are curious about the story or they may just enjoy a celebration. Whatever the reason, people are more open to your invitation than at any other time of the year. You should take advantage of that and invite your friends, neighbors and co-workers to join you for services Easter weekend.
Yes, we make a big deal about Easter, but we make no apologies about it. We have a desire to share the hope of Christ with every single person in this world. The celebration of Easter gives us a built-in opportunity to reach more people and share this message. We hope that you will join us by inviting others to join us for our Easter weekend services. We will have 4 services to celebrate Easter at our Edenton Campus: Friday, March 25 at 7 PM and Sunday, March 27 at 8 AM, 10 AM and 12 PM. Our Bertie Campus and Columbia Campus will have celebrations on Sunday at 10:30 AM. We also are making some tools available for you to invite others. There are invite cards at the Information Desk in the lobby. Also, here is a link to some photos you can use on social media to help spread the word:
Easter is about hope. Help us make hope a big deal by celebrating it with as many people as possible.