Easter isn’t just a one-day celebration; it’s a 50-day party that begins Easter morning and culminates seven weeks later on Pentecost Sunday. And why shouldn’t Easter be longer than Lent? Why shouldn’t we party more than we mourn? Christ is risen! We are the children of the resurrection.
Another thing you’ll notice on this blog is that I talk about good food a lot — whether the kind of food Jesus and His disciples would have eaten in the first century or the best places to eat breakfast in Louisville. And there is no time like Easter to praise God and celebrate community by sharing good food. The prophet Isaiah knew this — 700 hundred years before Christ came, Isaiah prophesied a banquet celebrating the power of Messiah to destroy the shroud of death that covers all nations:
On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare
a feast of rich food for all peoples,
a banquet of aged wine—
the best of meats and the finest of wines.
On this mountain he will destroy
the shroud that enfolds all peoples,
the sheet that covers all nations;
he will swallow up death forever.
– Isaiah 25:6-8a
So how can you share the wonders of the resurrection this Easter season? Maybe you could:
- Go to lunch with fellow worshipers after each Sunday service? Even someone you don’t know well.
- Invite a different family to your home each week for a meal.
- Throw a special feast during your community group meeting.
And is it too early for neighborhood barbecues? Temps in the 70s the latter half of this week …
What other ideas do you have?
Have you ever thought of celebrating the resurrection by sharing meals before?