The chocolate bunnies, kiddos in matching Sunday outfits, and hiding Easter eggs.
Nails on a cross, no bones broken, the angel telling the women He rose.
Easter – the day we celebrate that our Savior rose and one day we will join Him. The day we were no longer shackled by sin and shame, but instead walking in freedom. The day that we weep for the sacrifice He made out of love for us.
Yet – what then?
For most of us, the heaps of people rushing to Sunday service fade. We go back to singing our regular worship songs. And Jesus just becomes the person we pray to, but we forget about the person who died for us.
But, what if this didn’t have to be the case? What if it was the reality just a little while ago?
In Acts 2, we see what life was like for God’s people after their “Easter Service”. Jesus had ascended to the heavens and left them with the command, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit,” (Acts 1:4-5). So, His disciples obediently waited in Jerusalem, praying and waiting for His Spirit to fall upon them as promised.
And, since God never breaks a promise, the Spirit fell as promised. “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them” (Acts 2:1-5)
The word “Pentecost” as used in verse 1 in Greek is “pentékosté” which derives from the word pénte, meaning “five”, or properly “fiftieth”. This reveals to us that Pentecost happened 50 days after the very first Easter. (https://biblehub.com/interlinear/acts/2-1.htm)
50 days. 1,200 hours. 72,000 minutes.
Of waiting for God’s promise.
But, the disciples didn’t spend those days fading away. They didn’t spend them going back to their routines. And they didn’t forget about the Savior who died for them.
Instead, they prepared, choosing the 12th disciple, and “…constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.” (Acts 1:14).
When Easter ends, what are we left with? Is it exhaustion? Disappointment? Restlessness?
Or is it revival? Refreshment? A zeal for prayer?
The early Acts Church shows us a different way to approach this holiday season. Let the praise and worship on Easter continue as we wait for our Messiah to once again return for us.
Explore Easter Song Resources
Tremble – Jordan Smith / Mosaic MSC
What I See – Elevation Worship
Grace Upon Grace – Life Church Worship
King of Kings – Chandler Moore / Hillsong Worship
Graves Into Gardens – Elevation Worship
Living Hope – Phil Wickham / SEU Worship
I Thank God – Maverick City Music
Jesus Made a Way
Never Lost – Elevation Worship
Resurrecting – Elevation Worship
Promises – Maverick City Music
Lamb of God – Vertical Worship
Welcome Resurrection – Elevation Worship
Love Has Won – Central Live
Christ Be Magnified – Bethel Music / Cory Asbury
Living God – Red Rocks Worship
House Of Miracles – Brandon Lake
See A Victory – Elevation Worship / Dante Bowe
Egypt – Bethel Music / Cory Asbury / CAIN
Remember – Steffany Gretzinger
All Hail King Jesus- Jeremy Riddle
Goodness Of God – Jason Ingram / Bethel Music / Rhett Walker / Maverick City Music
There Is A Power – Rita Springer / Dante Bowe / Rock City Worship
A Thousand Hallelujahs – Brooke Ligertwood
Hope Has A Name – River Valley Worship / Passion Music
The Center Of All History – Steffany Gretzinger
It Is Finished – Passion Music / Gateway
Do It Again – Elevation Worship
By The Cross – Red Rocks Worship
Calvery’s Shadow – River Valley Worship
Alive and Well – Saddleback
Our Hope – Central Live
Breathe – Maverick City Music
O Come To The Altar – Elevation Worship
Then He Rose – Elevation Worship
Christ You Came For All – Saddleback / Jason Ingram
Spirit Of The Living God – Vertical Worship
Faithful Now – Vertical Worship
Great Are You Lord – One Sonic Society
Heaven’s All Around – Life Church Worship
How Can It Be – Lauren Daigle / Jason Ingram / One Sonic Society
Jesus Is Alive – Fellowship Creative
Jesus Is My Redeemer – Chris Tomlin
Jesus Son Of God – Passion Music / Chris Tomlin / Matt Maher
We Say Yes – SEU Worship / Elevation Rhythm
All For The One Who Saved Me – River Valley Worship
God So Good – Life Church Worship
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