1 In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning 2 until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. 4 While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. “This,” he said, “is what you have heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
Acts 1:1-5, NRSV
The lilies and tulips have started to wilt. The last of the carefully-dyed hard-boiled eggs have been gobbled up. The Easter candy has all but disappeared from the stores. To most, it seems that Easter is effectively over.
Yet that couldn’t be further from the truth. Easter is more than a single day. It’s a season — a powerful, meaningful, life-giving, wonder-working season. Throughout the season of Easter (the forty days from Easter Sunday to Ascension Day, and another ten to Pentecost), we continue to celebrate the presence of the Risen Christ in our lives. The celebration has only just begun!
This weekend, on our Sunday School pancake breakfast Zoom, one of our Wesley kiddos was playing with the “butterflyer” surprise that we mailed out ahead of Easter Sunday. He wound up the butterflyer’s wings, then let go and let it fly, then wound up the butterfly’s wings again, then let go and let it fly again… over and over and over.
He gets it. He knows there’s still more for us to learn and discover and enjoy and celebrate this year, this Easter.
So let’s follow his lead. Throughout this entire Easter season, let’s keep on revisiting the things that brought us joy last Sunday. Let’s remind ourselves that resurrection isn’t something God did — it’s what God does. Let’s continue to celebrate the new life that God continues to bring forth in our lives and world. Let’s keep Easter going.
And as we do, let’s remember:
Our God is bigger than coronavirus.
Our vision is bigger than coronavirus, too.
We are people blessing people.
We are Wesley Church.
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