Who Threw My Plans Out the Window?
Have your plans gone out the window this Easter? Maybe you’d booked a beach holiday months ago and can’t go because you’re not allowed to travel across the border. Perhaps you’d been looking forward to an event that’s been cancelled or postponed, like Sydney’s Royal Easter Show or Toowoomba’s Streets and Lanes Festival. Maybe you were planning a big barbecue for family and friends, but had to call it off because of the stringent social-distancing regulations. And who knows what the travel restrictions will do to the Easter Bunny’s chocky deliveries!
COVID-19 has certainly wrecked a lot of plans. Weddings and funerals can only go ahead with minuscule numbers of attendees, elective surgeries and medical procedures have been cancelled, and the Olympic Games have been postponed for the first time since World War II.
A few weeks ago, our plans for the year seemed so certain. Now we can’t even predict what’s happening from one day to the next.
Easter With No Church?
The church has also been hit. Easter is the most significant event on the church calendar, a time when Christians remember Jesus’ death on the cross and his resurrection. The pews are usually full and the morning teas are replete with Hot Cross Buns. This year the churches will be empty, and parishioners will be tuning in to live-streamed services or worshipping in their own way at home. It’s good to remember that the church is the body of believers and not just a building. Still, it’s not what we’d planned!
Does God Have a Plan B?
Jesus’ disciples probably thought God’s plans had gone out the window too. Jesus was supposed to be the Messiah who saved them from the Roman oppressors, yet he was crucified and his followers scattered. How could that have been God’s strategy to save the world? Yet it was God’s plan all along. We couldn’t save ourselves, but Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross paid the price for our sins. If we place our trust in him, we’re adopted into God’s family and have the assurance of spending eternity with him.
If you’ve never really considered the claims of Christ, there’s never been a better time to start. Why not check out a streamed service this Easter and see what it’s all about? Here are a couple of churches in my area that will be holding live-stream services (times are Australian Eastern Standard Time).
St Barts Anglican Church – Good Friday and Easter Sunday at 9.30 am
Rangeville Uniting Church – Good Friday and Easter Sunday at 9.00 am.
Or if you don’t want to tune in to the live stream, you can always watch the videos later. Some churches also have transcripts online. Please feel free to add links to other live-streamed Easter services in the comments below.
This Easter will be different to anything most of us have experienced in our lifetimes, but it doesn’t have to be Plan B.
How will you be spending this extraordinary Easter? I’d love to hear your comments.
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