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How do you prepare for Easter?

In Conversations on April 20, 2011 by The Spillover

In the week leading up to Easter, what steps do you take to reflect on our Lord’s passion and to prepare your heart for Resurrection Day?

Do you read certain scriptures?
Meditate on certain verses?
Watch certain movies?
Read certain books?
Pray certain prayers?
Reach out to someone?
Fast?
Get together with certain people?
Have special family traditions?

We all do things differently. How do you prepare for Easter?

12 Responses to “How do you prepare for Easter?”

  1. i watch the movie, ThePassionOfTheChrist. once a year…. on Good Friday.

    i definitely have never done the “bunny” with my children. it’s just too holy of a holiday for anything to distract away from the monumental miracle of what God did and accomplished.

    Easter is y far the most meaningful holiday for me.

  2. I have such a hard time thinking of those nails piercing my Lord. It literally makes me feel sick inside – especially knowing it was for me! I love to spend time reflecting on His creation and the resurrection! He gives us so many visuals of new life in His creation this time of year.
    I also usually have one of the kid’s songs running through my head which definitely helps keep my mind on the Easter message. Right now I have “Jump, Shout, Give a High Five, Jesus is Alive, Jesus is Alive . . .” running through my head. My prayer is to be used to communicate this incredible gospel to the kids!

  3. I must confess that I have not really had a traditional preparation for Easter; until this year that is. EACH has really made an impact. Easter isn’t just for me and my Christian friends, it’s for everyone, so we need to give Everyone A Chance to Hear. Hear what? The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ…for us all. What perfect timing for EACH. For the 40 days leading up to EACH on Easter sunday I have focused more of my prayer time on this outreach event, and even done a partial fast for these 40 days to help me remember what’s most important.

  4. I usually watch The Passion of the Christ, also. Good visual reminder of some of what Jesus went through. Also, I like to read & focus on passages of the Gospels relating to the passion. I try to imagine what it must have been like for Christ, knowing what was coming.

    Recently I’ve been going through a rough season with an anxiety disorder, so this week in particular I’ve been trying to imagine the anxiety Jesus must have felt, leading up to his torture and death. I try to maintain a mindset that I’m blessed to share in even the tiniest amount of His suffering.

    When I try to focus on the fact that He bore the wrath of the Father for me, it’s pretty overwhelming. What a Savior.

  5. this year I have been reading the different gospel accounts of the last week of Christ. I am amazed at how much Jesus taught the last week. so much of it was love each other and times will be tough. It has been such a blessing

  6. *Isaiah 53*

  7. Watching “The Passion of the Christ” has been one of the things we have done to prepare for Easter and we have also enjoyed participating in many of the Easter Outreaches through Metro. Life Church in Clark Park and making up baskets for the boys. We also have a very special meal on Easter as well. In all honesty, we have many more traditions and things we do around Christmas & advent than we do around Easter.

  8. I will be reflecting through John 13-17, the upper room teachings and conversations. What did Jesus deem so important in His final hours to choose to say to His disciples? What was so strategically important to Jesus for Him to drive home at that point; what did the discipes comprehend and not comprehend; and for me, some 21 centuries later, what do I ‘get’ and what needs to be “gotten” or “deepened?”

  9. For the last few years I’ve been introduced to some new traditions by my wife’s family. My in-laws are Messianic Jews (Jews that believe that Jesus is Messiah, just like early Christians), so we celebrate passover with a Messianic passover seder. Normally we attend one that their church puts on (last year Pastor Dave attended), but this year we attended one at her Aunt’s house, and hosted one at our house. It’s great to get the perspective of the Jewish people and to understand how important it was that Jesus was crucified on Passover as the perfect passover lamb.

    We attend the Maundy Thursday “service of shadows” service at Ward each year to get a great perspective on the story of the Jesus’ betrayal and crucifixion, attend Good Friday and easter at CBC and celebrate with family.

    I’m trying this year to make the whole week more purposeful than in years past, and plan to read through all of the gospel accounts of Easter between now and Sunday. What I don’t understand is why the birth of Jesus is celebrated extensively, but the death and resurrection (the miracle that offers us salvation) is not celebrated to the same extent?

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