This will be the first of a series of posts that I will be putting up now until Easter Sunday! Easter is quickly approaching! It will be on Sunday, March 23rd this year. Palm Sunday is on March 16th, and Good Friday is on March 21st.
I have done a lot of research on finding Christ-centered holiday celebrations for the Lenten/Easter season (along with other holidays), so I would like to share many of the ideas I have found in my searching ~ with you!
To start out my Resurrection celebration idea posts, I would like to share the idea of Lenten Lights. This is an idea I found at desiringgod.org. This is something that you could actually start on the first day of lent, and do each Sunday leading up until Easter, but since it is too late for that, you could instead begin this on the Saturday before Palm Sunday, and do the devotionals each day leading up until Easter. You can either go to the Desiring God website to find these devotionals online for free, or you can purchase the Lenten Lights booklet from them for only $4. This is a great way to prepare your heart, and the hearts of your family members to truly focus on Christ ~ His death and resurrection ~ during this Easter seson!
Using These Readings
Each reading begins with a few sentences that summarize the thought for the day. All the rest is Scripture—letting God speak to us directly from his Word.
This devotional may be used weekly or daily. And if you choose, it also can be used together with seven candles, representing the Light of the World.
There is one reading for each Sunday of Lent and for Good Friday and Easter.
Daily use should begin on the Saturday of Palm Sunday weekend. This leaves Saturday, the day before Easter, with no devotional, a reminder of the emptiness experienced by Jesus’ followers between his death and resurrection.
These pages may be used simply for personal or family reading and meditation in preparation for Easter. In that case, please ignore the bracketed candle instructions within each reading.
The readings may also be used in conjuction with any grouping of seven candles. On the first day, all seven should be burning as you begin reading the first devotional. Bracketed instructions within the reading tell you when to snuff out one candle. On the second day, six candles burn as you begin reading, and you snuff out one of them when instructed, and so on. On Good Friday, the last candle is extinguished. Then on Easter, there are instructions within the reading to light all seven candles.
The Symbolism of the Seven Candles
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5). But for a while it seemed as if the darkness was overcoming—for a long while.
Your seven candles symbolize the Light of the World—the Light that was God’s glory and that illuminated God for us—the Light that, in the end, seemed to have been darkened. As we move through the season preceding Easter, the candles are snuffed out one by one, until all are dark on Good Friday, when Jesus died and the earth was covered with shadow. Darkness apparently had won. The Light of the World had been extinguished. It was finished.
But NO! Easter brings resurrection! Life! Return from death! The Light has won and all the candles burn as we praise him—the Light of the World, the Bright Morning Star, the Glory of God.