Easter looks a little different this year. Church buildings will sit empty while the Church gathers in homes. Community won’t be defined by physical presence but digital connection. But the message hasn’t changed. The story, the ending is the same—a perfect God sent His Son to die for the people He created in order that we might live eternally with Him one day.
We can be confident that though the way we worship looks a little different this week, the Object of our worship is still worthy and waiting and desires that we still invite those in need of hope and eternity to know Him. All you have to do is ask. And we’ve made it easy for them to tune in and even pray and talk with our team as they watch the service. And here’s what you can remind them when you invite them to tune in to church online:
- Jesus suffered.
He wasn’t unacquainted with sorrow or death (Isaiah 53:3). In fact, he suffered greatly on our behalf (Isaiah 53:5). He understands our fear. People are sick, losing jobs, separated from loved ones, cooped up at home with new roles or no roles. They are losing retirement, businesses, hope, and peace of mind. But the God who clothes the lilies of the field and provides for the birds, sees you and sees your friends (Matthew 6:25-34). He is a God who suffered because He loves and cares far more about our spiritual eternity than our temporary comfort…though He cares for those parts of your world, too.
- This life is not all there is.
It is easy in a time of uncertainty to get caught up in our own little worlds. The world feels like chaos, and our homes might feel confining with unexpected extended time, but you can share with your friends that this life is not all there is. Jesus came to offer us the chance at abundant life (John 10:10). You can invite your friends and neighbors to celebrate that there is more to life than disease, death, and uncertainty.
- Easter reminds us of hope.
While death marks this story, we know the grave is empty. Jesus rose! Even that which most of us fear could not hold our God. When the news is constantly reciting sickness and death statistics, we know the One who overcame the grave. Your friends and neighbors NEED to know the hope of Easter. They need to know the God you serve.
So many people flock to churches on Easter Sunday. This year, you can invite them with a simple link. Invite them to tune into our First Dallas iCampus and worship with us, connect with our online community, and be reminded that Jesus is alive, He is victorious over this virus, and He desires to spend eternity with them.