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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

It's Easter For Peeps Sake!

I was a "creaster". I just learned the term which refers to people who only go to church on Christmas and Easter. I went on other occasions if I was home because I was expected to go. Growing up, my mom told me not to judge those people who only came to church on the holidays. She said Christianity must mean something to them for them to feel the need to come. I've been thinking, maybe they came Christmas and are coming Easter for the rest of the story!

Satan will be working overtime Sunday! He will want us to oversleep, have to rush to church, park far away and may even try to have someone sit in "our" seat! If we silently judge the visitors we miss the miracle right in front of us. Recognize the "irritations" for what they are - do not acknowledge him! Say, "get behind me Satan" and keep on going! We should look at this as a wonderful opportunity to embrace new faces! I heard recently that at Christmas and Easter God made our spiritual senses heightened and I believe that. As Mom said, they feel a "need" to come. There are plenty of things that I should do but I don't. The Bible says, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8), and that Jesus “bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24).

My pastor tells the staff that every Sunday should have a little Easter in it! Amen! We all need the hope of salvation but we also need hope and encouragement to get through this life! After 2020 and 2021 I think a lot of people will come looking for hope! For some churches this may be the first time their church has filled to capacity (social distance capacity) since Christmas! Whether out of the desire to please someone, guilt, tradition, etc they will attend to celebrate one of Christian's highest and holiest days! Who cares why any of us go? None of that matters when we are in the presence of God! And He will be calling us from right where we are! Easter is a season of preparation, reflection and repentance when we realign our lives with God. As we do this we will live and love as faithful disciples of Jesus!

We celebrate the good news that in Jesus' death and resurrection we are made new by God's love and saving grace! 2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" Let's be true disciples this Sunday morning as we share and show that we believe this is good news! Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." The good news is summed up in John 3: 16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." Let's be passionate about this good news! It's Easter for peep's sake!

I will leave you with two church signs:

"The Bee Gees aren't the only ones staying alive!"

"Blah blah blah Just come to church!"


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