Last Updated: March 2017
This weekend, we celebrate one of the greatest days in human history. Hopefully by now, you’ve prepared your bulletins, PowerPoints, and Easter videos. Now, what about your heart? Celebrating the resurrection is a privilege, but often our hearts just aren’t into it. As you look ahead to the coming weekend, here are ten ways you can prepare your heart.
Ten Ways to Prepare for Resurrection Sunday
- Read the resurrection account in each of the gospels, as well as the “resurrection chapter,” 1 Corinthians 15 (Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20).
- Take time to consider specific ways in which Jesus’ resurrection affects your life. Write them down. If you need some priming, read through 1 Corinthians 15, Romans 6:5, Philippians 3:10, or 1 Peter 1:3.
- Meditate on at least one verse from the list above, or choose another one that deals with Jesus’ resurrection.
- Reflect upon the price that he paid for your sin, the pain, the grief, and the anguish that he experienced. Then, meditate upon the fact that he rose again!
- Tell someone else about the resurrection and the impact that this doctrine has had on your life. The truth of the resurrection is not something to keep to ourselves.
- Invite one person, perhaps someone who does not know Jesus as Savior, to come with you to your church’s Easter service this Sunday.
- Celebrate Easter by giving someone a gift. It can be an Easter basket, flowers, a Christian book or even a new Bible.
- Consider spending a day fasting as a specific act of devotion, worship and preparation for Resurrection Sunday. Use the time to meditate on the truth of the resurrection.
- Sing about the resurrection. Find a song about the resurrection that is particularly meaningful and memorize it or sing it each day. You may even wish to sing or listen to the song as part of your personal quiet time or worship. Here are some of the most popular Easter songs.
- Spend a few minutes in prayer each day, simply thanking God for the resurrection.
This Easter can be one of the most spiritually significant times in your life. Allow God to work in your life by worshipping in this way.