Unlike Any Other

This Easter will be unlike any other.

For the first time in 2020 years:

*Believers will not congregate to worship our risen Lord on Easter morning.
*There will be no early morning gatherings for Easter sunrise services.
*There will be no family gatherings around dinner tables after church.
*There will be no Easter egg hunts in the afternoon—at least not in my backyard.
*There will be no corporate vesper services or celebration of communion within the wider body of Christ.

*But, around the world, believers will still worship our risen Lord.
*The sun will still rise, and we will rejoice in the Son of God, our Savior.
*We may be isolated from loved ones, but we can commune with El Shaddai—our all-sufficient God.
*We may not be able to hunt for candy, but we can hunt for better treasures in God’s Word.
*We cannot worship corporately, but we are the corporeal Body of Christ.

This day is unlike any other,

*But our faith and hope are also unlike any other.
*Our Savior is unlike any other.
*Our God and Father is unlike any other.
*Our holy Word is unlike any other.
*Our spiritual unity is unlike any other.

*3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
*4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
*5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
*6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
*7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:3-7).

P.S.—If you don’t already have “just the perfect” opportunities for worship today, I want to share a few that I’ve heard about and am thinking should be excellent:

9:16 am EST (Eastern Standard Time) This is a mega church near Detroit (which is the COVID hot spot in the world today), where our son-in-law works; I am always blessed by the services: https://northridgechurch.com/experience-services-events/watch-live/

10:45 am EST This is our home church, here in Grand Rapids: https://livestream.com/calvarygr

This is the Jesus Film, about the life of Christ: https://watch.tbn.org/sight-sound-theatres-presents-jesus

For children especially:

The Easter story for children: https://www.crossway.org/articles/free-to-stream-the-biggest-story-animated-video/

Animated version of Pilgrim’s Progress: https://www.revelationmedia.com/watchpilgrims/SWNWP1/