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Preparing Your Heart For Resurrection Sunday

Truth For Generations Blog

Preparing Your Heart For Resurrection Sunday

Resurrection Sunday

Resurrection Sunday is one of the cornerstones of the Christian faith. Without the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, our faith is futile, and we are still in our sins. While we may not be called to observe the Passover, it is important for us to prepare ourselves in respect for the most beautiful and important day of the year to our Christian faith.

And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.

1 Corinthians 15:17-19 

Prepare Yourself Mentally

Spring is a busy time of year. We often find ourselves so busy that we end up living in the future, and we miss out on what is happening in our day-to-day lives. Important work pulls us in one direction, and the needs of family in another. Prayer time ebbs to the flow of the schedule.  Church becomes a Sunday thing, and oh wait, they’re preparing for Easter already? Where did the time go? 

We have all been there.

To prepare ourselves mentally for Resurrection Sunday, we need to reset our minds, and return to living in the present. 

The present is where we take care of the little things that we sometimes miss. It’s where we connect with our kids, and more importantly, where we connect with God.

God does not want us to be distracted by the future: 

“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Matthew‬ ‭6:31-34‬ ‭ESV‬‬

No, God wants us to be seeking and searching for Him with each breath we take, and with each moment that passes.

We can prepare our minds for Resurrection Sunday by returning to the present. One way we can do this is by praying and asking God to reprioritize our lives for us. Spoiler Alert: God will always be our first priority. 

With our lives in Godly perspective, we are mentally equipped to live our lives in the present.

Prepare Yourself Spiritually

Once we are able to live in the present and prioritize God’s place in our lives, we can focus on getting our hearts spiritually right with God once again. Thank you Father God that your steadfast love never ceases, and your mercies are neverending — they are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness oh Lord! We don’t deserve it, but you love us anyway! 

We need to begin to ready ourselves by confessing our sins, repenting of those sins, and asking for forgiveness for those sins. Sin separates us from God, so we must do our part in confessing and repenting of our sins. Thankfully, the Bible tells us that when our hearts repent of our sin, and we ask for forgiveness: 

“He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”

Micah 7:19 ESV

Then, we must surrender ourselves in prayer in order to get even closer to Him. Jesus was fully human and fully divine, yet we read that before his most difficult trial, going to the cross, he surrendered his will to the will of the Father in prayer:

“Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.”  And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” 

And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” 

And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”

Matthew 26:36-56 ESV

We may not have the opportunity to watch with him for even an hour, but we can pick up our cross and follow him. Surrender to God all things that belong to God, and pray for His will to be done in all things. Fully surrender your repentant heart, and ask the Holy Spirit to fan his flame in preparation for Resurrection Sunday.

Prepare Yourself Physically

In the days leading up to Resurrection Sunday, there are a number of ways we can physically prepare ourselves so that our hearts are ready to honor Christ’s sacrifice:

  • After our spiritual preparation, we can begin setting aside more intentional time to read our Word, reading each gospel’s account of the resurrection (Mattew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20), as well as 1 Cor 15.
  • Ponder and write down the specific ways that Jesus’ resurrection affects your life. 
  • Tell others about the resurrection and the impact that Christ’s resurrection has had on your life. This is a great time to invite others to celebrate Resurrection Sunday / Easter with you. Do this in a special way that speaks to that person specifically. Need ideas? Ask God!
  • Desiring to become closer? One of the greatest physical acts that we can do in relation to God is to fast. Whether it’s one meal, one day, or two weeks, choosing to forgo the physical food we need for the spiritual food we need is something we can do as a specific act of devotion, worship, and preparation for Resurrection Sunday. Use your fasting time to meditate on the word, sing, worship, and surrender your heart in prayer.
  • Choose a song about the resurrection that means a lot to you and remember or sing it every day. You could even want to sing or listen to the song as part of your personal worship or quiet time. Check out our Resurrection Sunday playlist on YouTube here.

Rest In Him

Resurrection Sunday is a remembrance of the greatest love that has ever been shown to humanity: 

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—  but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:6-8

While our hearts ache for what Christ went through, we must take the day to rest in the work that Jesus Christ did for us — work that we are unable to do ourselves. God made flesh, lived the perfect, sinless life, and loved us so much that he went to die on the cross so that our sins can be forgiven.

Prepare your heart, and on Resurrection Sunday, rest in the peace that is unique to Christianity — the peace that only comes with knowing that your debt is paid in full and that you do not have to earn your way to eternity with God. Rejoice that Jesus Christ has given you the privilege of rest and new hope, and then go and share it with the world. 

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  • As the Owner of WestHeir Ltd. Co., Stephanie shares the latest in industry news, behind-the-scenes details, and community content to help collectors grow closer together.

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