How To Prepare Yourself for Easter

Mar 30th 2022

How To Prepare Yourself for Easter

The Easter holiday is one that we look forward to. Easter is associated with bright pastels, hearty meals, and family togetherness. Easter, like many other holidays, may be filled with traditions for you and your family, or it may be packed with completely new plans for you and your family this year. But, to be honest, the most important thing is that we take the time to properly appreciate this occasion and prepare our hearts for Easter.

What does Easter mean?

We understand the significance of this holiday, but we must also reflect on it, thinking and praying about what Christ's sacrifice means to us. I want to experience the weight of Christ's sacrifice and the unfathomable love He has for us, both then and now. Our hearts and souls are imbued with love. Nothing compares to the significance of the Easter festival for us as individuals and for mankind as a whole.

How to prepare yourself for Easter:

With Easter approaching, here are some suggestions and ideas for how we might reset our viewpoint this holiday. This is a brainstorming list, not a to-do list. While we can't get into the correct frame of mind or prepare our hearts by checking boxes, it is often beneficial to have some.

1. Reflect Christ's sacrifice for our sins.

Christ descended from the heavens to the ground. He gave up His throne in heaven to come to us as a carpenter, not as an earthly ruler. Christ died in our place after leading a spotless life. "For Christ likewise suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unjust, that he might bring you to God," says First Peter 3:18. In the flesh, he was put to death, but by the Spirit, he was raised to life."

2. Recognize our sins.

We can't completely understand the significance of Christ's sacrifice until we acknowledge the gravity of our sin. It is critical that we do not ignore the fact that we sin. We are all flawed in some way. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," says Romans 3:23, thus taking the time to actively identify where we fall short is critical in moving forward.

3. Practice compassion

Jesus was compassionate during His time on earth. According to Matthew 9:36, as Jesus journeyed through the towns teaching about the kingdom, "he felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd." Easter is a great time to reflect on our priorities of helping others, caring for others, and being compassionate. Christ was compassionate not only in giving His life for us, but also in the way He lived His entire life.

4. Ask forgiveness and repent

Despite the fact that we sin, Christ was sinless. He was fully human and fully God, and He did not sin in His fully human form. "Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come close," Jesus says in Matthew 4:17. Repentance is more than just apologizing; it is experiencing godly sorrow and turning away from evil ways. "Therefore repent and turn back, that your sins may be forgiven, and that seasons of refreshing may come from the Lord's presence" (Acts 3:19-20a). Christ's sacrifice made it possible for us to be reconciled to God and spend eternally with Him in heaven.