Pageantry, processions and soaring hymns of praise are a wonderful addition to our Easter celebrations. But the core of our worship is the reading of the Resurrection story. Mark 16 tells how three women went out in the quiet early hours of the morning to the resting place of their crucified teacher. No fanfare, no choir, just God’s messenger in an empty tomb with the good news, “He has risen! He is not here.”
For over 2,000 years, those few simple words have seen the world through good times and bad. Catastrophes, wars and disease have repeatedly ravaged every nation since Christ fulfilled His mission on earth. Now, as then, He is with us.
Worship is not dependent on the place where we gather or the numbers that are present. Whether physically attending church services or observing Easter at home, our joy and gratitude, our songs of praise and confessions of faith, are equally precious to our Savior. So take a moment to enjoy the morning quiet this coming Sunday as you reflect on the events of that first Easter dawn. And know that you are not alone. Christians around the world will join with one voice: “He is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!”
God’s blessings to you during this Holy Week. May the joy and promise of Easter sustain you during this challenging time.