A COVID-19 EASTER
We need more than the cross. That sounds a bit off-putting at first, but if you think about it, it’s true. And it is what the Bible teaches. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15, “17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.”
The hope of new life, now and in the life to come, is based on the resurrection. The resurrection shows us what is ahead for us. We need the truth that the isolation, sickness, and death associated with Covid-19 and other effects of the Fall have an end date.
A Different Kind of Easter
It is likely that we will not be together this Easter in the ways we have been in the past. It is good to be sad about that. God designed us to live and worship in community with one another – we should feel it when we are cut off. But the loss and longing we will feel in our Easter-morning isolation is a magnification of what we experience every day. We always carry the ache to be truly present with others, to share ourselves and be loved, to be done with all the careless thoughts and words that we wish we could take back. Isolation haunts us without social distancing. Or maybe another way of saying it is that we always live with some social distancing, at least emotionally. The coronavirus intensifies what we already experience.
We will be tempted to be flustered and frustrated that our Easter isn’t the way it’s supposed to be this year. A better response is to see it as a gift. This Easter we will live intensely what we tend to suppress: our unfulfilled yearning for the love and connection we were meant to experience. How is that a gift? Because it makes us see more clearly why Easter matters. That unfulfilled yearning will eventually be fulfilled. Imagine the day when we will celebrate together with our risen Lord. Each of us will see the other as God meant us to be, unblemished by sin. We will see Jesus as we were meant to see Him. We will know the love and acceptance from God and one another that is at the heart of all our longings.
Sadness Mingled with Joy
When a small child despairs because they broke their Dollar Store toy, we are sad and we smile at the same time. We are sad because we know their loss and tears are real – the world as they knew it failed them. And we smile because we know this is just a temporary loss. We expected the toy to break and we know they will soon discover joys and laughter that are much greater than a Dollar Store toy could ever promise. And that is why we can be both a little sad and a lot joyful at Easter 2020. The world as we know it has let us down. But it is Easter itself that promises so much more to come. So let us laugh and sing from the pure joy of knowing that an online Easter is just a small shadow soon to be consumed by the bright glory that shines from the empty tomb into all eternity.
Easter at Fellowship This Year…
- This year we will only have online services for Easter.
- Friday, April 13 at NOON we will broadcast our Good Friday service.
- Easter Sunday, we will offer 4 different opportunities to worship together, with online services at 7:00 am, 9:00 am, 10:30 am and 5:00 pm. Encourage your friends and family to join us in worshiping online at longviewfbc.online.church. The celebration of all that is Easter need not be contained in a building. It is in all of our hearts! He is RISEN!!
- We have had to cancel the Family Easter Celebration to Go! that was scheduled for Saturday, April 11. We know families are disappointed, and we hope to do something fun when we are all able to be together again.
We will keep you updated as guidelines and requirements are announced for our city and county. Check back at LONGVIEWFBC.COM and make sure to sign up for the MIDWEEK MOMENT from Pastor Todd.