I am sure I speak for most pastors when I say that Lent and Easter are pretty packed for pastors. Holy Week required four sermons in three days for me or five for the week. Hey, they don’t shake themselves out of sleeves. My son, who is a pastor, was sick with a fever on Easter Sunday. He said with adrenaline and the Holy Spirit’s health, he’d get it done. He did by God’s grace. Lots of times pastors tend to get a guest speaker the week after Easter to fill in so they can have a break. That has not been my practice, but I will admit the whole week after Easter is hard. The sermon for the next Sunday is the hardest to write.
It shouldn’t be that way. Easter is the best! It forms the center of the Christian faith. If Christ is not raised our faith is futile and we are lost in our sin, wrote the Apostle Paul. If Christ is not raised from the dead, pastors have wasted a lot of time and so have the people who listened and believed. BUT HE HAS RISEN!!!! Now what? Tell the world! Have a resurrection faith that knows that we will live forever with the Lord. Live as one who knows it. Lots of hearts need to be touched. Lots of people need to know. Lots of work for Christ that needs to be done. That’s what is next!
We would love to tell you about it! We would even like to do it NOW!
Pastor Larry Zahn
Messiah Lutheran Church