Say what you want about Easter, but when you boil it down, it is exactly your perspective of this holiday that makes it what it is. Whether you decide to focus on the commercialized adorability factor, or take a more eternal approach, Easter puts a dent in Spring that is hard to avoid.
Sligo Church has made it a priority to emphasize the eternal aspect of this weekend and bring out what is the most important aspect to us: Jesus Christ.
There can be a tendency towards jadedness, or seeing the story of the crucifixion and resurrection as cliche'. We allow the debates over ideology and practice to overshadow the meaning of the gift Christ gave each individual with his act of sacrifice. We might go through the motions of celebration; we might even be moved by a service or program, but in the end many of us may find that we have taken this celebration and made it about ourselves.
We can get caught up in the thought that Jesus Christ died for ME. He died and rose from the dead on the third day because of ME. We forget that in essence, because we have this knowledge, we must look outward to all the people that have never taken it personally that Christ died for each one of THEM. It is our implicit mandate that we spread the news of this amazing gift to all those who don't know.
If you're sitting at home this weekend, thinking I'm gonna skip services at Sligo, let us place this thought on you. It's not just about you. It's also about who you might bring to the feet of the cross that may never have the opportunity otherwise. Your presence in a service this weekend may even be the uplift you need to go and witness to your neighbor.
In the end ministry is about taking part in another person's possible eternity. We will have a chance to celebrate the accomplishment's of our witnessing one day. What will your celebration look like?