Celebrating Resurrection Sunday in isolation

It definitely was the most interesting Easter I’ve celebrated in my life. I haven’t always had a new Easter outfit, but this year I definitely didn’t. There was no Passion Play performance that my church back at home puts on each year. We didn’t have the yearly family picture at the church’s cute backdrop like we’ve done the last several years. We didn’t go over to a friend’s home for dinner after church like we’ve done for more years than I can even remember.

Leading up to Easter, there was a hashtag that was pretty popular on social media, #EasterIsCanceled. But even with all of those things being canceled, that hashtag couldn’t be less true.

While it is frustrating and sad that we were not able to worship with others physically, it seemed as though the true meaning of Easter really shone through this year. There weren’t many things to distract us from the “reason for the season.”

Easter isn’t about candy-stuffed eggs, it isn’t about new clothes, it isn’t about family pictures, it isn’t about food, it isn’t even about plays. Easter, Resurrection Sunday, is about Jesus defeating death!

“We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.” Romans 6:9.

“He is not here; he has risen!” Luke 24:6-7.

I don’t know how long this time will last. But I hope we are able to keep the joy of Easter going as we continue to gather virtually or through drive-in churches. It can be hard for me to get into a heart of worship without meeting with other believers, and I’m guessing a lot of you feel the same. But the message hasn’t changed. The reason we gather (even virtually) hasn’t changed. We are still worshipping the God who is in control of this whole situation. The God who sent His Son to die for our sins and the God who raised His Son from the dead on the third day to conquer death!

A few days late, but I hope you all had a happy Easter and were able to worship with others in the right way. And if your church isn’t able to livestream, or post videos that aren’t live, let us know and we’d be glad to help you find a church that does, even just for during this time!

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).


 

Hannah Muñoz

Hannah Muñoz is a regular contributor to The Rope. She also is the digital editor for The Alabama Baptist/TAB Media. She graduated from Samford University in 2017 and is a member of The Church at Brook Hills, Birmingham.

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