This Sunday morning churches will be filled to capacity with people, young and old, dressed in their best clothes: new shoes, bright spring dresses, ties and shirts, perhaps a hat or new hair style. Little girls will don their lacy and frilly dresses complete with bright satin bows and shiny new shoes.
One Sunday. One day of the year each spring. One hour of worship in a building with stained glass windows, wooden pews and bellowing music. One day. “Resurrection Sunday” is the name Christians give to Easter.
The dictionary gives the synonym “revival” in its definition of “resurrection.” Revival and resurrection mean returning to life from the dead as Jesus did that Easter Sunday, as the Bible states. On Friday, He was sentenced to death on the cross, suffered and died, and laid in a tomb. On Sunday morning when Mary and the other women came to anoint His body for a proper burial, they found the stone rolled away from the entrance to the cave and His body gone.
He was resurrected from the dead. The Bible says His death and resurrection are for the deliverance of all mankind. That kind of love and sacrifice demands our Sunday best everyday! His resurrection once and for all means hope and power in the lives of those who believe. It empowers hope that the economy will improve; hope that sickness goes away; hope that conflict in relationships will be resolved; hope that a job will be found; hope that addiction will be conquered; hope in the death of a loved one because death is not final because of eternity.
Everyday should be Easter Sunday. Everyday should be filled with hope because of Jesus’ resurrection. Every day, we should wear our best: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self control. These qualities never go out of style or fade from washing and wear. Our inward attitude makes a greater impression on others than our outward fashions.
Enjoy Easter Sunday but wake up Monday morning and be committed to wearing your resurrection Sunday finest every day.
Susan B. McConnell