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.”