The Easter People Are Still Rejoicing

He is risen! He is risen indeed!

For Christians all over the world, this is our BIG day—after all, we are the Easter People. Although celebrations are limited as we watch Easter services from our couch without our extended family, Easter is still the Hallelujah Day when we celebrate our belief that Christ died for us on Friday and rose from the dead on Sunday. Later, thousands witnessed Jesus’ resurrection as He walked the familiar paths prior to His ascension.

I’m celebrating the secular and religious Easter. I’m dressing up (even putting make-up on), joining our church congregation on Facebook live, enjoying a special ham dinner at a table laden with flowers, bunnies, and china. We are the Easter People! 

Affirmation: Nothing can keep me from celebrating Easter!

Coaching questions: If you’re a Christian, how are you celebrating Easter? What’s one good thing you’re experiencing in these unusual times?

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Quoting Gandhi on Easter

A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act. Mahatma Gandhi, Indian activist

You might think it strange that, as a practicing Christian, I’d quote Gandhi, a Hindu, on Easter Sunday. Gandhi, the father of Indian independence, had a goal of religious pluralism. His vision was for people with different religious beliefs to co-exist with mutual understanding. In his quote above, he is championing Jesus and describing his crucifixion as a “perfect act.” What Christian could say it better? 

Today is the pinnacle of the year for Christians. The day this man who “offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others” rose from the dead after being crucified. For Christians, Jesus’ resurrection is personal. I hope that for all Easter is a symbol of hope, renewal and new life. 

Affirmation: Hallelujah! Christ is risen.

Coaching questions: If you’re a Christian, what does Easter mean to you? How has Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection changed your life? If you’re not a Christian, how might you embrace the Easter message of renewal in your life? To whom do you turn in times of grief, pain, or great joy?

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