4 Good Practices to prepare for Easter—the death of death itself

WMC - Lent EasterIt’s the resurrection that established and demonstrated once for all the identity, power and mission of Christ…

  • that He is the Son of God
  • that He has the power to lay down His life and rise again (John 10:18)
  • that He will save us from sin, death and hell

It’s also a massive event of hope for all humanity—that when we put our trust in Him, we will rise like Him one day, right?

Okay, let’s pause here and ask a simple question: What does Easter mean to us?

A get-together with family? A nice long weekend? Extra time in church? Shopping? Just another day like every other? Maybe.

For me, Easter is a call.

A call to worship the Risen Lord.

The One who turns death into life, sorrows into joy, ashes into beauty and opens the door of Heaven for the fallen.

In this post, I encourage you to take some time out to reflect on preparing for Easter worship in a meaningful manner.

Here are 4 practices that I can think of, which would help us:

Preparing for Easter

Journey

It’s great that we have a season of Lent as we get to Easter. A meaningful Easter is not possible without a meaningful Lent.

I am sure you pray alone everyday—if not, please start today! Spending quiet time with the Lord reflecting and meditating on His Word daily is an important ingredient of our journey towards Easter.

Here are some suggested passages to get going: Genesis 3, Isaiah 53, Mark 1:12-15, Luke 9:23, Philippians 3:10-12, Lamentations 1:12, Psalm 69, Psalm 22, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Hebrews 6:4-6, Psalm 56, 2 Corinthians 5:2-4, Zechariah 12:10, John 12:20-33, Philippians 2:7-8, Psalm 38, Hosea 6:2.

And, as much as we journey with the Lord through His Word, let’s also worship Him personally—in silence and in song. This Lenten playlist might help you:

As we do this every day, the Holy Spirit will lead us into a deep spiritual journey, connecting us with our Savior’s passage through the Cross to the Resurrection.

Fast

It’s really not the hottest topic in many churches these days, but Lent is a fitting season to fast—at least as an imitation of Christ’s fasting after His Baptism.

“But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” (1 Peter 4:13). Denying ourselves of what we otherwise love to have helps us to discipline our flesh so that we may be enriched in the spirit.

Let’s fast joyfully and in secret (Matt 6:17-18) with the right intent of joining our hearts to Christ. Trust me on this; good Lenten fasting leads to a more meaningful Easter feasting!

Reconcile

Now, here’s something far more challenging!

How about taking the first step in reconciling with someone with whom our relationship is broken. It doesn’t matter whose fault it is. Maybe it’s a relative, friend, someone in church or work… anyone.

As much as we repent for our faults before the Lord, let’s also be generous in forgiving others who hurt us and be instruments of reconciliation—for as Christians, this is one ministry given to every single one of us!

“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:18-21)

Communion

While this is more dependent on each church’s frequency of celebrating the Lord’s Supper, let us participate in communion as often as possible.

As we obey Christ’s words and do this in remembrance of Him (Luke 22:19), the Eucharistic meal actually becomes the most tangible way of connecting with the Cross. It helps us to reflect and understand profoundly that He was broken, emptied and poured out for our sake.

The joy of Easter came out of the passion at Calvary. Communion helps us to remember and appreciate this better.

“Lord, we remember You,

And remembrance leads us to worship

And as we worship You,

Our worship leads to communion

We respond to your invitation;

We remember you”

– Matt Redman & Matt Maher

My prayer is that this Easter doesn’t become just another calendar event for us to tick off and move on–let it inspire us to give more of ourselves to Jesus and worship Him.

Wish you a blessed Lent and Easter!

While these are some practices that I’ve found useful, I would love to learn from you. Can you share your thoughts on preparing for Easter? Also, what are your favorite songs for Lenten and Easter worship? Do leave a comment and let us know!

Author: Gangai Victor

Gangai Victor is a worship leader / trainer / blogger from Chennai, India. Author of 'The Worship Kenbook'. For more of his writing, you can visit his blog Votive Praise. You can also connect with Gangai on Twitter (votivepraise).

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