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Easter Monday

by Phil Coleman

Today is the Monday after Easter. I’m wiped out from all of the extra effort required to pull off many more worship gatherings, added programming, and adrenaline fatigue that follows the rush of ministering to a ton of new faces.

To many, this day is no different than any other Monday. But, I’d like to challenge you to approach it differently than any other Monday on the calendar.

Did you know that Easter Monday is a celebrated day? It used to be a public holiday in parts of the US, and remains an official holiday in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Macedonia, Romania and Ukraine.

From an article I found on gotquestions.org

“Easter Monday, also known as Bright Monday, Renewal Monday, Wet Monday, and Dyngus Day, is the Monday immediately after Easter Sunday. It is observed by many Christian groups, but primarily by the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic traditions. It marks the beginning of Easter Week (Roman Catholic) / Bright Week (Eastern Orthodox).

Different cultures observe Easter Monday very differently. For some, Easter Monday is a solemn remembrance of Christ’s death and resurrection marked by an outdoor procession. For others, there are Easter egg-rolling competitions. For still others, siblings and/or spouses wake each other up by pouring buckets of water on each other (hence the name “Wet Monday”). And others celebrate with a large gathering and a polka festival (Dyngus Day).

Some of these observances have more Christian symbolism in them than others, but none of them are explicitly biblical. The Bible does not say anything about what happened on Easter Monday, the day after Jesus’ resurrection. The Bible does not instruct followers of Jesus Christ to observe Easter Monday, so there is no obligation to celebrate it.”

However, Easter Sunday is an incredible celebration of the greatest event in the history of the world. Jesus’ tomb was found empty! The reason the tomb was found empty was that the man who was buried there had risen from the dead. Jesus would not only vacate His grave, but also appear to numerous people individually and in groups. And His resurrection from the dead was the sure proof that He was who He claimed to be – the risen Son of God, our only hope of salvation.

If you were impacted and inspired by yesterday’s experience, how can Easter Monday even come close to being the same (routine, regular)? The fact is it cannot.

Easter Sunday witnesses to the immense power of God Himself. He created the universe and has power over it. Only He who created life can resurrect it after death.

Easter is a testimony to the resurrection of human beings – a promise to all of His followers. It’s the ultimate victory. A guarantee that believers in Christ will not remain dead, but will be resurrected to eternal life!

If that fact doesn’t get you going and change your day today…nothing ever will.

Happy Easter Monday!!

 


Phil Coleman is the Worship & Operations Minister here at Whitewater. Connect with him on Twitter @phillipgcoleman or send him an e-mail at pcoleman@whitewatercrossing.org