Easter is a day filled with celebration for Christians and non-Christians alike. For Christians, it is the holiest of days, remembering the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But what happened after the resurrection? And how are Christians supposed to continue on with their lives after Easter Sunday?
When Jesus rose and ascended into Heaven, he left behind his disciples and other followers. Imagine how in awe they all were to have seen the risen Christ right before their eyes. They must have been inspired and also scared, unsure of what to do next.
The answer is simple. Jesus’ command was to love one another. "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
All of the do’s and don’ts that make up the Ten Commandments can be summed up in this command from Jesus. For in loving as Jesus loved, you will not want to do anything to harm another person, including yourself.
It is not our job as Christians to point judgmental fingers at others. It is not our job to browbeat others into having a spiritual conversion. It is our job to embrace them with the love of Christ so that they might want to know Him as we do.
It is our job to open our church doors and welcome them with open, loving arms…regardless of social stature, financial status, sexual orientation, or the way they look. If they want to be within the walls of the church, then that is where they should be.
Easter is past, but Christ lives on. Let us be an example of His love to everyone we meet….within the church as well as outside of the church. This was His command.