The resurrection of Jesus is not an annual event. He rose once and lives forever! Hang out with Him everyday! Easter verbiage is a poor substitute for resurrection vitality.
Commemoration is for people and events in the past. Why commemorate the Resurrection? Experience the presence of the risen Jesus every day. If we’re not continually experiencing the risen Jesus and hanging with Him, we’re missing out on the essence of Easter.
Jesus is as alive during Lent as He is on Easter Sunday! Lent says, “Take weeks preparing to look back two millennia to Jesus’ resurrection.” Meanwhile Jesus stands at the door & knocks. Why wait to celebrate and experience the risen Jesus? Do it 24/7/365! To be spiritually offline (disconnected from the risen Christ’s internal network) is to be naïve to the reality of the resurrected Jesus.
Easter can be a nice religious experience, but Christ, continually living in and flowing through you, is revolutionary and miraculous. The resurrected Jesus is present in the present! His resurrection isn’t something to be commemorated, but to be experienced in the now! (When you experience the risen Jesus everyday, Easter Sunday seems rather redundant.)
If church isn’t training you to directly experience ongoing interaction with the risen Jesus, then something’s wrong! Jesus is the living Door Knocker, taping on your heart. Open up and let Him be the healing for all your heart’s broken pieces.
Christians believe that a pastor can single-handedly run a church service. Why don’t we believe that the resurrected Jesus can? It’s good for Christians to meet to hear a talk about Christ. It’s better to come together and surrender to His resurrected presence and power.
Without openness to the immediate pleadings of the Holy Spirit, Christianity drifts into compromise. Christian explanations fall far short of Christian experience. Don’t just learn about Christ; get to know Him personally!
King David said: “The Lord is my Shepherd.” Is the risen Jesus your Shepherd (Pastor)? When Jesus lives inside of you, you don’t have to look for Him in church.
I love hanging out with Jesus and having ongoing conversations with Him. Church tries to wrap Jesus up in theology and protocol, when all along, Jesus is wanting to wrap us up in His resurrected presence!
As an unbeliever I was surprised one day by the presence of Jesus and have been captivated by His glorious friendship ever since. Why not Let Jesus irrigate your mind & heart with His living water and transform them into an inner garden of inspiring thoughts and dreams.