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Will the Easter Bunny Show Up for Easter?

 

Growing up in my family, we celebrated Easter! We rose each Easter morning, put on our Sunday best, my sister most always received a new Easter dress, and we went to our home church, Grace Lutheran Church, and it was always so exciting. Not so much for the service, but for the candy the Sunday school teachers handed out. And during the service, there it was in the back of my mind, when I get home the Easter bunny will have arrived and there will be even more candy and sometimes match box cars and other trinkets. Those were the days!! Yes, I knew Jesus loved me, but the Easter bunny gave candy and stuff!


Life was good, Jesus was in the church, where He was supposed to be, and the Easter bunny was in the home, where it was supposed to be. By now I hope you can see the dilemma. Is Christ only for the church building? Is this the only place where God meets His people? In the Gospel of Mark, we hear a conversation with Jesus and one of His disciples, “And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!” And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down (13:1-2).” In fact, the Lord’s temple in Jerusalem, was destroyed in 70 A.D. Now, in 2020, how do we worship when our temple is destroyed or we can no longer travel to worship there?


It is very true that the New Testament church is where God’s Word is preached and His sacraments are rightly administered. This is the church. But this is not the only place where this Triune God desires to dwell. In a very real way, our beautiful temple, our beautiful church has been destroyed. For a time, we cannot worship here the way we use to. But that is ok because God also desires to dwell in our homes with our families not just “watching” a church service on T.V. or YouTube but hearing that Word and interacting with that Word with our families. The Lord wants to talk with His people through His Scriptures and our Lutheran Catechism, which expands on those scriptures. He wants families to talk about His Word of life and salvation with each other, and talk to Him in prayer.


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Easter morning may look a little different. This year we may not be in our Sanctuary and if that is the case, it will be difficult. I’m fairly certain many families have already prepared for the Easter bunny to come. So, I pray you also prepare to celebrate the time of Christ’s death and resurrection in your home, utilizing both God’s Word and the St. Paul YouTube videos.

 

Pastor Mat

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