Several weeks ago, while running I came across this church sign. It was put up several weeks before Easter and I was surprised to find it still up this morning. I’ve been wanting to write a post about this sign and wanted to capture it.
If you’ve been around our blog for any amount of time, you will know that we follow the church year: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, and Ordinary Time. Some people wonder why. After all, that’s not part of our denominational history. But this sign explains it. The church calendar or church year is always about Jesus – therefore – Jesus is always the reason for the season. I also find that it keeps my preaching and leading musical worship balanced as we recall the various events in Jesus’ life.
- In Advent, we prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus
- At Christmas, we celebrate that Jesus – God with us – has come in the flesh
- During Epiphany, we remember that Jesus is revealed to the world – that He will be a prophet, priest, king and die for our sins
- It is during Lent that we remember our sins and the price that was paid for our sins through Christ’s death on the cross. We remember that we suffer with Christ.
- Easter becomes the centerpiece of the year as we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus from the grave. We remember that because Jesus rose from the grave, so we too will rise.
- Snuck in between Easter and Pentecost is the Ascension – where we remember that Jesus ascended to heaven to be with his Father, but will return again.
- Pentecost is a wonderful celebration of the birthday of the church through the coming of the Holy Spirit
- The last Sunday of the church year (Reign of Christ) celebrates the fact that Jesus is and will reign forever.
As humans, we easily forget. When God handed down the various festivals to the Hebrews, it was because our tendency as people is to forget. God gave these festivals…to remember. These words are repeated over and over again…remember.
Currently we are in the season of Easter and the song selection has reflected the theme of Easter. In fact, last week I preached an Easter message. It is the power of the empty tomb that gives us the power to live the lives that Jesus called us to live.
So remember…Jesus is not only the reason for Christmas, but Jesus is the reason for Easter…and Jesus is the reason for all of the seasons.