I did not have a post here last week, and for that I apologize. I had every intention, and I even have the beginnings of what I was going to write – and will save for another day. We have been exceptionally busy for the past few weeks with rehearsals for our church’s “Living Cross,” a dramatic portrayal of the final week of Jesus’s life and ministry.
And I do mean that “we” have been busy – I am in the choir (56 voices strong), Chris is reprising his role as Judas in the drama, and Henry is in the nursery. We have had rehearsals two or three times a week for the last month, each lasting three or more hours long. We have been busy, but it is always a joy to do these activities as a family.
As we approached this week, a week with two evenings of rehearsals, four evenings of performances, and then the demands of Easter Sunday morning, I became aware of our tendency to get so wrapped up in the busy-ness of the business of staging such a demanding production that I had not personally prepared for the ministry of the production.
You see, we don’t do “The Living Cross” just for a pat on the back. We don’t do it just to spend time with our friends at church, although we certainly get to do that, building existing friendships and forming new ones. We don’t do it simply because we enjoy the music, although that’s certainly true.
We spend months preparing, learning music, building staging, arranging lighting, cleaning costumes, watching children in the nursery, helping backstage … so that we might have the opportunity to share the Gospel with those who do not know Jesus as Messiah – their Savior.
We do it so those who only come to church on Easter, or those who might never come to a Sunday morning church service at all, might hear the Good News this Easter season. Friends and family who have been turned off to organized religion but who might come to see children and adults in a “play” will hear the news that Jesus died, was buried, and rose again – all to save sinners.
We have the potential to have 2,000 people walk through our church doors this week, and we have the responsibility to share this Gospel message with them in a clear and understandable way. Will all of them go away knowing Jesus as Savior? Probably not. Does that lesson our responsibility to tell them? Absolutely not.
People who will not come to church other Sundays out of the year will be in our church, and yours, this Sunday. Are you prepared to welcome them as Jesus would, and then share the best news the world has ever heard? For some, this may be the only opportunity that they have to hear this Good News. We as Christ-followers have a great responsibility this week. May we be ever in awe of Christ’s sacrifice for us, and may we be ever-ready to share why we celebrate Resurrection Day.
PS – I have been enjoying this post from the Rabbit Room this week, Easter Week in Real Time.