Easter Sunday Is A Lie

March 15, 2012 | Get free updates of new posts here

Easter Sunday is a lie.

Yep, I said it.

Easter Sunday is a lie.

The crucifixion? True. The stone rolled away? True. The resurrection? True. Jesus is alive? True.

Easter Sunday? False.

Let’s start here: I have no issue with a specific time on the calendar where we focus on the sacrifice (Lent), acclamation (Palm Sunday), crucifixion (Good Friday) and resurrection (Easter Sunday) of Jesus. So of course the church should celebrate the resurrection of Jesus – if the resurrection didn’t happen, our faith is in vain and we should be pitied! Just don’t leave the celebration segmented to one Sunday, once a year.

Every Sunday is Easter Sunday. Scratch that. Every Sunday is Resurrection Sunday!

If Easter Sunday is the only week your church celebrates the resurrection, you are helping to promote the lie. If Easter Sunday is the only week you expect guests from your community, you are helping to promote the lie. If Easter Sunday is the only week you proclaim that He IS risen, you are helping to promote the lie.

Easter Sunday is not simply a religious festival which comes around every year, giving us an excuse to sing the old favourites and preach the stone rolled away. Easter Sunday must be more than the day the nice church people welcome the nice community people, tell the nice story of the happy ending and then everyone goes on their merry way.

The reason the church exists? Resurrection. The reason the church gathers? Resurrection. The reason we meet on Sunday? Resurrection.

Worship leaders – you must defeat the lie that Easter Sunday is the week to celebrate the resurrection. It’s a lie. You must actively celebrate and lead people towards celebration of the resurrection every single time you gather. If you leave this out when it comes to the reason why the church gathers, you are helping to promote the lie.

This Sunday? Celebrate the resurrection. Next Sunday? Celebrate the resurrection. Easter Sunday? Celebrate the resurrection – not because it’s Easter Sunday but because He is risen, He is risen indeed!

Acts 4:33 “With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus”

I Corinthians 15:17 “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.”

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6 Comments

  • Reply ChrisBranscome March 17, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Amen!  I work for the Lutheran church, which has a tradition of not using the word “hallelujah” during Lent.  The church where I lead parts with that tradition by using that word on Sundays, using it as a way to teach that every Sunday is a celebration of the Resurrection. 
     
    After all, The Church is The Body of Christ, and how can we gather as the Body of Christ if Christ is dead?

    • Reply Chris From Canada March 19, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      I understand when churches have traditions around certain times of the year. We have to remember that the church calendar works great for people with lots of religious knowledge. Nothing wrong with ordering our lives around certain events found in Scripture.

      At the same time, we are living in a world which is almost exclusively biblically illiterate and to forsake acknowledgement of the resurrection out of deference to a particular season can be a tough position to take.

    • Reply chrisvacher March 21, 2012 at 11:38 am

      @ChrisBranscome
      I understand when churches have traditions around certain times of the year. We have to remember that the church calendar works great for people with lots of religious knowledge. Nothing wrong with ordering our lives around certain events found in Scripture.
       
      At the same time, we are living in a world which is almost exclusively biblically illiterate and to forsake acknowledgement of the resurrection out of deference to a particular season can be a tough position to take.
       

  • Reply Lincoln - 22 March 2012 | Trust AND Obey March 22, 2012 at 1:09 am

    […] are many passages from the Bible that can give focus and direction. Here are just a few of them. Easter Sunday Is A Lie by Chris Vacher Easter Sunday must be more than the day the nice church people welcome the nice […]

  • Reply Leon January 26, 2014 at 4:48 am

    You are partly right. Easter Sunday not the correct day. In fact I like to observe Saturday the seventh day each week being not to follow after Constantine’s decree. In fact, best is to erase christmas, Easter, and sunday keeping out of our lives, due to pagan roots. Beautiful family you have!

  • Reply Chris from CanadaEaster Weekend at C4 Church April 23, 2014 at 9:17 pm

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