This Easter will be different than any most of us have ever experienced. COVD-19 has changed our lives in ways that we are only beginning to realize. As people who follow Jesus Christ, we have been and will continue to be called upon to respond in ways we never anticipated. What should we do? Especially as we find ourselves approaching Easter Morning, a time that’s usually filled with joyful worship, sequestered at home as the sun quietly rises over our garden.

I find encouragement in the scriptures. Words so relevant to our situation at the moment as some of us are confronted with losing jobs. Many are separated from loved ones. Others work long hours to care for the sick and dying or make food available to the hungry. Jesus offers words to calm our fears. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27) His promise prepared disciples then, and now, for the presence of the resurrected Savior and the gift of the Holy Spirit.

As we frail humans confront the reality of an unseen enemy – one that could take our lives or those of our loved ones – once more our faith provides hope.

“He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.”

(Matthew 28:6-7 )

Again, we ask what should we do?

Live the Gospel story for a world that desperately needs to believe. I pray that we will rejoice as Mary Magdalene did upon seeing Jesus in the garden, “I have seen the Lord!”

Tomorrow as the sun rises remember – Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed!

Alleluia!

Jane Boatwright Wood
President, The Foundation for Evangelism