Now What? – What comes after Easter?

“The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.’” – Matthew‬ ‭28:5-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

For Christians, Easter is not just one day, but rather a season of 50 days. That is what we call “Eastertide.” The CROSSROADS Great Room and Lobby will stay decorated in the Easter theme for 50 days. Easter season officially began at sunset on the eve of Easter and will end on May 20th with Pentecost, the day we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church (see Acts 2).

Easter season is more than an extended celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. In the early church, Lent was a season when persons who wished to become Christians were learning how to live the way of Jesus and preparing for baptism on Easter Sunday. The original purpose of the Easter season was to continue the formation of new Christians in the faith. This season gives us time to rejoice and experience what we mean when we say Christ is risen and we, as the church, are the body of the Risen Lord. It’s a season for focusing on the core doctrines and for preparing for the ministries the Holy Spirit has empowered us to undertake in Jesus’ name. Our “Now What” theme is a reminder that when we experience the resurrection it is appropriate to be asking what will be next in our faith journey.

In Christ’s love and service,

Pastor Paul Marzahn