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Easter Letdown?

The days following Easter are a letdown for me.  Our staff (me included) focuses so much energy, passion, and planning into Easter that it seems natural to feel relief and also a dip in our feelings afterward.  The good news for me is that the joy that God gives us in the gospel is not a short burst of emotion that arises during a seasonal worship service.  (Even the Passover for God’s people was more than a one-day experience. It was a week of celebrations called the Feast of Unleavened Bread bookended at the start and finish by lavish feasts. One wonders when they got their work done!)  No, Jesus came to make our joy full and complete.

glassesIf I’m honest, the reason that I don’t experience this joy day-in and day-out is that I have a divided heart.  I am not looking to Christ alone. The joy of Easter comes, for me, not just in the special times of worship we enjoy (although these are special moments with God and with each other).  The joy comes from focusing on Jesus and what he has done for us in the gospel.  Easter tunes my heart to the promises of Jesus and his love for me.  This is the source of the Christian’s joy.  It is found in knowing the truth of the gospel, the confirmation that Jesus came, that he died, and that he rose again for me.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

Now, I, for one, would enjoy of week of feasting at Easter, but I think God gives us something even better.  He gives us his Spirit and his love through Jesus that never dries up, never grows cold, and never fails to move me.  This is why our joy never ends.