As I scrolled through social media today I couldn’t help but notice all the beautiful photos of the children and families in their fashionable Easter Sunday best. Gorgeous! The portraits will no doubt flood our Facebook feeds all day, come Sunday. A fabulous array of perfectly matching colors will parade into church sanctuaries world-wide in just a few short days. Starched shirts, fancy shoes, flowing dresses, handsome bow ties, and quite possibly even an Easter bonnet or two. It will be a sight to see. I’ve been thinking about what to wear for weeks now. Truly I’ve been staring in my own version of “What Not To Wear.”
“Nope, not that. I wore that last year.”
“Uh-uh (shaking head) that’s black. You cant wear black on Easter.”
“Never. They will kick me out for good if I just wear pants. I’m a girl for Pete’s sake and girls wear dressses on Easter Sunday, right?”
“Oh, I’ll go and get a new Easter dress! That will be fabulous! Everyone gets a new Easter outfit! Grrrrr, but then I’ll have to get new matching shoes.”
“I love hats. I want to bring back the Easter bonnet, and even better, the fabulous headpieces like Rose wore on Titanic! Yes! Ahhhhh, but I wear an alb on Sunday mornings and I can’t wear a hat with my alb. Filddlesticks.”
I’m exasperated, and still not 100% certain of what I should wear, and I can only imagine if you have a family and an entourage of little people to dress. The “What Not To Wear: Sunday” episode must surely be never ending.
So what will you wear on Easter Sunday? Do you know?
In general, I believe that most people are going to break out their Sunday best for this special occasion, and why shouldn’t they? Doesn’t Jesus deserve our best?
ABSOLUTELY, HE DOES!
Jesus, our Savior, deserves our absolute best, but after experiencing our Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Services the past two days, I am starting to question why we spend so much time contemplating what to wear on Easter Sunday and the future Sunday’s beyond?
What if instead we ran breathless into our churches, not dressed in our best, but rather what if we came tattered and torn, dirty and broken, empty and lost knowing that in the presence of Jesus IS the only place we should be? What if we were honest about our raggedness and disappointments, our anger and our sin-filled hearts?
I wonder how many people might just be staying away this Easter Sunday because they feel they have to pull it all together and be “red-carpet” ready for this joyful Eastertide?
Surely, Jesus deserves our best, and by golly dress up for Easter if you want, but know with certainty that our Lord and Savior, Jesus comes for us when we are at our worst. And the WORST thing you could do is stay away on Sundays.
Romans 5:6-11 “When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.”
Listen, if you are trying to discern between your Sunday best or your brokenness, I beg you to just come cracked!
COME TO WORSHIP THIS EASTER SUNDAY weak and ragged with nothing left to give! Come crawling and bawling if you have to because together, we will gather at the foot of the empty cross to worship our Savior, who took upon Himself the filth of our sinful hearts. He was betrayed, denied, left alone, beaten, flogged, tortured, nailed to the cross, died and rose again, all for YOU, and He will pick up that dirty mess of you, dust you off, wipe your tears, mend your broken pieces, hold you close, call you by name, and send you back into the world better than you came.
So, leave the “Sunday best” to our Savior, this Easter Sunday and instead…
Bring your brokenness, and I’ll bring mine! ‘Cause love can heal what hurt divides
And mercy’s waiting on the other side. If we’re honest. If we’re honest. (Franscesca Battistelli)