This is going to be a very strange Easter for all of us! Unlike the occasional snowstorm that disrupts our Easter plans, this Easter will be the first major holiday that we experience ‘alone-together’ during this Covid-19 pandemic.
For some of us, this will be an Easter spent alone and feelings of isolation may be intense this year do to all that is happening around us.
For others, this will be the first holiday that we won’t be able to spend with extended family or even closer family members due to travel restrictions, quarantines, and group gathering guidelines.
Alone or in a smaller than usual group, this will be hard as many years of traditions are ‘put on hold’ and we will be forced to celebrate in new and different ways. Even what you traditionally eat may be different this year!
Whether you celebrate in a small gathering, or alone, I believe that This Easter has the Potential to Connect us to Jesus’s Resurrection Like Never Before and here is why:
Jesus’ Followers Experienced Isolation and the Loss of Normalcy When He Died
Think about this, the disciples had left everything to follow Jesus. They were “all in” with Him and they trusted Him enough to radically alter their lives, occupations, and devotion. They had followed Jesus for years, and when Jesus died their leader was gone, the object of their affection was gone, and their sense of normalcy was gone.
They were scattered and isolated from each other and their Savior.
Can you relate to this? Do you feel isolated? Have you lost any sense of normalcy in your life? I know I sure feel like this!
But here is what we know…
Resurrection Power Works in Isolation.
Jesus died alone and isolated from God and from His followers. He spent 3 days in the tomb cut off from life and cut off from His Father.
However, we know He was not alone in that tomb. God was performing the most amazing, earth-shattering, death-defying, history-altering, and life-changing event in history, seemingly in the midst of isolation.
Through Jesus, death was defeated. Isolation was defeated. Never again do people have to die isolated from God and alone.
This Easter, never allow who is or isn’t with you to define isolation or to determine what God can or cannot do. You are not alone! God works powerfully in times of isolation!
And finally, this Easter, please know that…
Out of Death, Life Bursts Forth
No matter how dark and gloomy our lives may feel right now and however it seems like death and darkness have the upper hand, because of Jesus’ resurrection, life, goodness, and hope always rise from difficult times.
We feel alive when someone calls or emails simply to check in on us.
We see goodness in acts of kindness that people show to one another.
We hear hopefulness when we watch people applauding healthcare workers leaving their shift.
Can you see it?
Because Jesus conquered death, He brought us life, goodness, and hope in the middle of our darkest days.
So be hopeful- signs of Jesus’ resurrection are all around you!
As you experience a different kind of Easter this year, remember that Jesus’ earliest followers experienced isolation and the loss of normalcy, God’s resurrection power works in isolation, and out of death, life bursts forth!
This Sunday, I pray that you connect with Jesus’ resurrection like never before!
We love and are praying for you!
Happy Easter 2020!