Easter is coming up! One of my favorite times of the year. Why? Because it’s an opportunity to celebrate the moment that made eternity with God possible: the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Last year, I told y’all about my worship calendar that I had made. I was reflecting on how to incorporate worshiping God into my life and was curious how often God scheduled Israel to worship Him. In Numbers 28-29, I discovered that not only did the Israelites worship God each week, month, season, and year — they made offerings twice a day!
In Numbers 28:16-25, God gives Israel directions on holding the Passover. After the Passover, the Israelites had a festival. For seven days, they were to eat bread without yeast, the first and last day would include a sacred assembly with no regular work being done, and special offerings were to be made each day. For Christians, the Passover is only the beginning as we celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection as the fulfillment of the Passover imagery. We now take the Lord’s Supper as a remembrance of what Jesus has done and an anticipation of His return.
Because of the resurrection, worship of God has taken on a new look while we live in the church age. We no longer live under a sacrificial system in the same way the Israelites did. The Holy Spirit dwells in the body of Christ and not a physical building. In the New Testament, Paul urges the Roman believers in Romans 12, to daily “offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.” He then finishes out his letter flooding the readers with ideas on how they can accomplish this living sacrifice lifestyle.
In light of the Christian practice of being a living sacrifice to God and in reflection of how Israel held the Passover and following week of festivities, Easter weekend is not the only part of the holiday I like to celebrate. What I’d like to share with you is a practice I have adopted for the days after Easter. I call it the Five Days of Giving.
Like the festival after Passover, the Five Days of Giving is actually seven days. Easter kicks off the week with a celebration of the Resurrection. I love that day because it’s already a tradition to get together with family, have a big, special meal, and hopefully discuss the impact of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. It’s a perfect way to start the week.
After Easter follows the Five Days of Giving. This is an opportunity to be generous with others as a symbol of how infinitely generous Jesus was when He died for us. Our gratitude and joy for salvation can overflow into the Five Days of Giving. During this time, or even a week before, I ask God to show me how I can give to people during the five days. It could be a gift of money, time, material goods, etc. The important part is interacting with God and asking Him to show me the needs of others and if I can play a part in fulfilling a need.
It’s fun to incorporate others into the Five Days of Giving, because once the five days come to an end, the seventh day is another special dinner! At this meal, everyone gets to recount the events of the week and how God communicated to them the needs of others.
Celebrating in this way has made me look forward to Easter more than I have in the past. The Five Days of Giving is such a fun excuse to express gratitude for Jesus’ great sacrifice and miraculous defeat over death. It also has boosted my creativity in sharing with people the truth that God loves them and wants to provide them eternal life with Him.
Feel free to celebrate Easter with the Five Days of Giving and have fun!
Happy Easter! He is risen!