Then He took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. Then He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come.” He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then He broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” After supper He took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and His people — an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you. — Luke 22:17-20
I never want Easter to just be another day, so I need to be very intentional how I prepare myself so that its message remains alive and fresh. Holy Spirit helps tremendously in this area. I ask Him to highlight something He wants me to focus on from the Easter story, and I ask Him for deeper revelation into its meaning. I read through the Easter story in a different version of the Bible each year. I start at the Last Supper and read through to the Ascension. Approaching the story of Easter in this manner has helped me remain thankful for Jesus’ sacrifice. It’s given me reverence for the holiness of this time of year and causes great rejoicing in my heart for Jesus’ victory over sin and death.
About 15 years ago, I began to prepare for Easter by observing Lent and choosing to fast from something that would allow me to have extra time to seek God. It wasn’t always easy, but it was always fruitful. The year I chose to give up TV was the year of my greatest breakthrough — so much so that, at the end of the 40 days, I gave my TV away. I realized how much time it was robbing me from seeking His Kingdom first and how much it had been affecting my thought process, allowing fear and cynicism a foothold.
This year, I have been led to partake of communion each day. This truly has been a blessing to have the daily remembrance of Easter.
Most years, I arrange my schedule so that I don’t have to work on Good Friday. I then take the day to fast, pray, worship and meditate on His Word. Easter is my favorite holiday, as it is the day I celebrate my new life in Christ.
I hope the things I’ve shared will stir some ideas in you for how you might prepare your heart for this coming Easter. May you be blessed as you take time to reflect on the magnitude of His love poured out on the cross.
Our God hears,