I remember growing up and attending church at a very early age. Easter was filled with much fanfare. There were Easter egg hunts for the children, sometimes we would get a new outfit, there were special meals and it was a different type of religious holiday. It was very easy to lose the meaning of the day. Maybe, to a degree, the church has lost the significance of what we are celebrating.
If you are looking for a picture of loneliness, look no further than the Crucifiction of Christ. As he hung on the cross suspended above the physical earth and the heavens, he belonged nowhere for a few hours. Our Lord was rejected by man and for a short period had to be rejected by Father God. We see a picture, that Christ our Lord knew what it was to be isolated and lonely. What we will experience mildly in comparison this Easter of 2020 is a return to a day of loneliness and isolation. If the story ended this way it would be one of the world’s great tragedies. The situation for Jesus looked grim that Friday, but that was only Friday, Sunday is coming. Easter gave us hope, that the loneliness of separation from God was over, and a new life had been provided for those that would accept this gift from our loving Savior.
Records are being set in 2020 due to the Virus that has changed the world for many people. As we celebrate Easter, may we all experience the genuine peace and comfort of a renewed relationship with God. May the God of Peace be with you as we celebrate the only true peace and freedom that exists in this world.