The Easter season begins on Easter Day and lasts 50 days, ending on Pentecost. In 2016 that means that the Easter season runs from March 27 and ends on May 15, 2016. During Easter Season, the theme of worship is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The greatest event of all times. According to scripture, Jesus rose from the dead on the first Sunday following Passover. See Matthew 28:1, Mark 16:1-3, Luke 23: 56-24:3, and John 20:1. According to Scripture, the month of Nisan - and therefore the date of Passover - is linked to the spring harvest in Palestine.
It is celebrated as a single joyful feast, indeed as the “great Lord’s Day”. Each Sunday of the season is treated as a Sunday of Easter, and, after the Sunday of the Resurrection, they are named Second Sunday of Easter, Third Sunday of Easter, etc. up to the Seventh Sunday of Easter, while the whole fifty-day, period concludes with Pentecost Sunday. They are meant to focus our faith and energy at living out the love that Jesus has Shown to us. It is allowing His love to grow stronger in our lives as we share it with others. Easter is a season that we get to celebrate all that Jesus has done for us, but it is also the time to remember that he has commissioned each one of us to go out and share his love with others.
We participate in the Easter season and don’t just celebrate it. Jesus has called each one of us into a living relationship. He wants us to allow our faith to be what drives us in our daily lives. Our greatest gift to him is to share our faith with others. To realize just how powerful his love is in our story.
As we celebrate this Easter Season, I want to remind us that it is because of the Love that Jesus Christ has shown us through his death and Resurrection that we have the ability to live the empowering lives that we do. That our story will show others HIS STORY. May each one of us really experience, this Easter Season, the love that Jesus has for us. Jesus is truly alive and he lives everyday through you and me. May we allow Our faith to shine forth in our words and actions.
May each one of us have a blessed and happy Easter Season.
May The Lord Bless and Keep You,
Rev. Stephen W. Barch
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