Eastertide: The Season Continues

When everything was dark
and it seemed that the sun would never shine again,
your love broke through.

Your love was too strong,
too wide,
too deep
for death to hold.

The sparks cast by your love
dance and spread
and burst forth
with resurrection light.

Gracious God,
We praise you for the light of new life
made possible through Jesus.
We praise you for the light of new life
that shone on the first witnesses of resurrection.
We praise you for the light of new life
that continues to shine in our hearts today.

We pray that the Easter light of life, hope and joy,
will live in us each day;
and that we will be bearers of that light
into the lives of others.

Amen.

(An Easter Prayer, composed by the Rev. Michaela Youngson, of the Methodist Church of Britan, from umc.org)

During the season of Lent we prepared, we repented, we gave up things – all with the goal of being more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.

Christ has died and risen, yet the Easter Season continues. These fifty days from Easter to Pentecost are known as Eastertide.  During that time, Jesus appeared to his disciples on a number of occasions, promising them the Holy Spirit before finally ascending into Heaven.

It is then written in the book of Acts:

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. The saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.   All of them were fill with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
– Acts 2:1-4

The Easter Season is a very important time in the Christian calendar because it celebrates a few things. First, it celebrates the risen Christ with his appearances and teachings and then the beginnings of the Christian church as Jesus promised his disciples when he appeared to them before his ascention.  From that day on, those that followed Him continued Jesus’s teachings and made more disciples of Christ – thus forming the Christian church.

Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world continues to be our United Methodist mission today. Easter is not just one day, but a season; a season to celebrate the resurrection and the birth of the church, and how we are to live as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.

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