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Easter is not canceled

Bailey Duran /

The coronavirus has canceled countless things and has put even more on hold, but it cannot keep us from celebrating the resurrection of our Savior this weekend.


I’ve heard a lot of people on social media and in the media say Easter is canceled. Satan may be trying to put that in people’s heads, but let me tell you, Easter is not and will never be canceled because our Savior lives!


Will Easter be different than what we’re used to? Absolutely. Most of us are used to going to church on Easter morning, going to Grandma’s house, eating, hunting for eggs… and all that jazz that we all associate with Easter.


A lot of those traditions and celebrations won’t happen this time around. No more than 10 people can gather at a time, and most churches are livestreaming due to these guidelines.


Those traditions, however, aren’t the true meaning of Easter. Easter is the celebration of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who came to earth to die on a cross and rise three days later… Easter Sunday!


COVID-19 does does not stop Easter, but it does give us a chance to meditate on the resurrection and what God has done for us in a quieter, less distracting setting this year.


Worshipping from our homes does not take away the impact of Easter. In Matthew 18:20, Jesus says, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I.”


Perhaps we are meant to slow down and really reflect on Easter and the sacrifice God made for us. How often do we just sit and think about what He did? For you. For me. Because He loves us THAT much. Wow.


Easter is not canceled. COVID-19 does not have the power to cancel Easter. Maybe we just need to celebrate it in a more intentional way and show the world what Easter is really about. It’s not about the bunnies and the ducks and the eggs… it’s about Jesus. Jesus and Jesus alone.


There are a lot of people stuck at home right now. A lot of people who are glued to their social media. People who are afraid and looking for hope. People who don’t know what kind of amazing gift awaits them because of Easter.


Maybe this is the opportunity that we as Christians have to use our voices and our social media this weekend to show people the source of our joy, the source of our hope.


We won’t allow ourselves to be overcome by fear because we know in the end, we win. God wins. He accomplished the victory through His death on the cross and His resurrection three days later.


This is good news. Good news the world needs, especially in a time of so much despair and unknown.


Celebrate Easter. Shout to the world that our Savior lives and that He came to the world for me, and He came to the world for you.


Easter is not canceled.


Our Savior lives. He is risen!


“… He has risen, just as He said” (Matthew 28:6).