Sunday is over. Holy Week has passed. The Seder Suppers, the foot washings, the three-hour vigils, the Tenebrae, and the triumphant sunrise services have been commemorated and celebrated. We’ve eaten our big Easter dinners.
So what do we do now? He is risen! Do we tuck him away for another year (or at least until Christmas)? Some of us act like it.
There’s a lot to go back to. The hockey playoffs are in full swing. The baseball season is just getting started. We’ve got jobs and families to tend. Life goes on. After all, Holy Week 2018 will come around soon enough, won’t it?
The answer is, “No!”
I’m sure you’re already guessing my answer. You are correct, Sir! And you are correct Madam! The answer is an emphatic, “No!” And some of you are probably thinking, “He has to say that, he’s a preacher.”
Well yes, I’m a preacher; and I suppose I do have to say that. But I’m here to tell you I said that before I was a preacher and would keep saying it if I’d never become one. We can’t place Jesus on the shelf and call ourselves disciples, holy, or even Christian (well we can, but we’d just be fooling ourselves). Jesus is not a sometime thing. He’s a full-time Savior, Lord, and King.
The long and short of it is this. Easter is never over. Sunday’s over, but the Resurrection is not. The risen Christ is alive and lives forever. You can try to hide him away if you like, but it won’t work. Once he’s a part of your life, it’s tough to deny him for long.
The earliest believers in Jesus weren’t called Christians. They were Jewish believers, and they were looked upon as a peculiar sect of Judaism called “The Way.” They worshiped on Saturday, like all Jews, then they’d gather for worship again on Sunday to celebrate Resurrection Day. In fact, the book of Acts indicates they tended to meet at the Temple every day. (Acts 2:42-47) They were either crazy, or they understood how much Jesus really means to us.
Should we meet in the Temple every day?
Now, I’m not suggesting we begin to meet in the Temple every day. The Temple is gone. Besides, it was in Jerusalem. That would be a rough commute. But the Bible indicates that WE are the temple of the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) It’s pretty tough setting the Lord aside when he dwells within us.
We commemorate the events of Holy Week to remind us of who we are and why we do what we do. It was during the original Holy Week that Jesus led a Seder Meal with his disciples. It was during that meal that he broke bread and shared wine while saying, “Each time you do this together, remember me.” (Luke 22:19)
As Christians, we are members of Christ’s body. It seems to me that it’s a grand idea to remember Jesus every day—not just when we celebrate Communion. After all, he never forgets us.
[Dave Zuchelli is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and is currently the pastor of Smith Chapel, in Great Falls, VA.]