This year I spent more time processing through Jesus’s death and resurrection than any other. The services at my church were simple, but challenged me deeply. It was a holy weekend thinking about what my Savior did for me. Thursday night I spent some precious time with my Mom talking about the Last Supper and the details recorded in all the gospels. She is knowledgeable in the Scriptures and gave me insights into what was written. For example, I didn’t know that “the disciple whom Jesus loved” was John. I know there is some scholarly debate about it, but I did some research and came to the conclusion that I believe him to be the fisherman, brother of James and son of Zebedee (Matt. 4:18-20), one of the 12 disciples (Mark 3:13-19), one whose mother asked Jesus to have her sons sit on one on His left and right (Matt. 20:20-28), one who was on the island of Patmos when God showed him what to write in the book of Revelation (Revelation 1:9-11) and “the disciple who Jesus loved, was reclining next to Him” at the Last Supper (John 13:24).
My heart wants to continue the Resurrection journey with my Savior. My desire is for this to be a season of deeper intimacy with God. A time of spiritual growth and understanding of Jesus and the beginning days of the church. A time of remembering each day that “Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!” Easter, Christ’s Resurrection Day, starts Eastertide. It’s a fifty day season of celebrating Jesus’s resurrection which ends on Pentecost Sunday, May 19th, 2013. It is an exciting, joyful time full of festivities and celebrating. Think about all the simple, little festivities and celebrations we can add to our regular, mundane days to bring joy to family, friends, God and ourselves? Now, that sound exciting, doesn’t it? It sounds like ‘a dark chocolate truffle explosionon my taste buds kind of celebration!
Here are a few more tidbits that are part of Eastertide: After resurrection, Jesus spent time with his friends and on the 40th day he ascended to heaven (Acts 1:3). The 40th day on our calendar is Thursday, May 9th. The 50th day is Pentecost and so far this is what I know about Pentecost : it’s a single joyful feast, the ‘Great Lord’s Day’, sending of the Holy Spirit on the apostles and the beginning of the church with the mission to spread the good news of Christ (Acts 2).
I”m a couple days behind the start of Eastertide mainly because I’ve been doing some research and praying on how to incorporate it each day. First there is a counting of each day, with Easter being #1 and a blessing read after sundown (also called the counting of the Omer).
If you can’t tell by my writing, I am super excited! I’ve prayed about it and am going to focus on the following:-
- Study the Biblical accounts of Jesus’s resurrection and His time before the ascension.
- Learn more about the Holy Spirit that is within all who are Christ followers.
- Practice God’s calling to share Jesus with people He puts in my life.
- Read a Psalm as blessings each night.
- Write in my “Book of Blessings and Beauty” each day (I started last week).
- Focus on an area of character growth each week.
- Organize all this into daily posts on this blog.
- I really want to make a calendar like an advent calendar. We’ll see how crafty I get.
Do you want to celebrate Eastertide with me? Share your ideas and thoughts in the comments below!