Yes, the first long holiday of the year is here with us guys; it couldn’t get any better that this. While people are supper happy about spending four days off work, the meaning of what Easter Sunday is still not clear to most people. Regardless of your religious viewpoint, the following article seeks to educate you on what Easter Sunday celebrations are and also furnish you with some sweet Easter Sunday messages and sermons to share with your loved ones and friends.
Easter Sunday and the entire Easter holidays have a deeper meaning in the life of Christians all over the world. This holiday celebration marks the death and resurrection of Jesus after his crucifixion on the cross. While this is the true Easter Sunday definition, Christians all over the world have taken these celebrations to whole other level. Ideally it is in these festivities that you will find most supermarket shelves filled with chocolate eggs and bunnies for the celebrations, this year is no different. If you what to know more about Easter, read on for details.
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Easter Sunday in 2018
Easter holiday celebrations are one of the most confusing holidays in our calendar. Unlike Christmas celebrations, Halloween or Valentine that have a fixed date in the calendar, Easter holidays do not. Each year Easter dates keep changing and can fall anywhere between the 22nd of March to April 25th. The following are some of most important Easter dates in 2018 you should know.
Palm Sunday: March 25
Maundy Thursday: March 29
Good Friday March 30
Holy Saturday: March 31
Easter Sunday: April 1
Easter Monday: April 2
Easter Sunday sermon ideas
Whether you have made plans for your Easter holidays or not, it is important that you spare some time to give thanks for the sacrifice that Jesus made at the cross. To most Christians the Easter Sunday celebration is usually the climax of all the Easter celebrations after all this day usually marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ (exactly three days after the death and burial of Jesus). Whether you choose to go to church or bring church at home to your family and friends, we have a number of key Easter Sunday sermons you should consider. They include:
Easter Sunday sermon ideas from the Bible
- Preach the Easter story from the Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 28).
- Preach the Easter story from the Gospel of Mark (Mark 16).
- Preach the Easter story from the Gospel of Luke (Luke 24).
- Preach the Easter story from the Gospel of John (John 20).
- Preach about Peter’s denial of Jesus three times (Matthew 26:30-35, 69-75; Mark 14:26-31, 66-72; Luke 22:31-34, 54-62; John 13:36-38, 18:15-18, 25-27) and his forgiveness through Christ (John 21:15-19).
- Preach from Judas’ perspective. His betrayal (Matthew 26:14-25, 47-56; Mark 14:10-21, 43-50; Luke 22:3-6, 14-23, 47-53; John 13:21-30; 18:1-11) and eventual regret (Matthew 27:3-10; Acts 1:16-20).
- Preach about the last supper (Matthew 26:17-29; Mark 14:12-25; Luke 22:7-13) and the symbolic meaning of the Passover (Exodus 12). Jesus is the perfect sacrificial lamb who shed his blood to save us all.
- Preach about the last supper and the symbolism of Communion (Matthew 26:17-29; Mark 14:12-25; Luke 22:7-13; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28).
- Preach about Jesus’ final words on the cross (his seven last words).
- Preach about the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus as evidence for his resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:3-8).
- Preach Easter from the perspective of Doubting Thomas (John 20:24-29).
- Preach Easter from the perspective of Mary Magdalene (Luke 8:1-3; Matthew 27:55-61, 28:1-10; Mark 15:40-16:8; John 20:1-18)
- Preach Easter from the perspective of Pilate (Matthew 27:2, 11-26, 57-66; Mark 15:1-15, 43-44; Luke 23:1-25; John 18:28-19:22.
- Preach Easter from the perspective of the Roman Guards at the cross and the tomb (Matthew 27:27-28:15).
- Preach Easter from Jesus’ time in the Garden (Matthew 26:36-56; Mark 14:32-51; Luke 22:39-54; John 17:1-18:12).
- Preach Easter from the trial of Jesus (Matthew 26:57-68, 27:1-26; Mark 14:53-65, 15:1-15; Luke 22:66-23:25; John 18:19-24, 18:28-19:16).
- Preach Easter from the Crucifixion of Jesus (Matthew 27:27-60; Mark 15:16-46; Luke 23:26-53; John 19:16-42).
- Preach Easter from the symbolism of the temple curtains being torn (Matthew 27:51, Mark 15:38, Luke 23:45; Hebrews 10:19-23). Jesus has made a way for us to stand as holy before God.
- Preach Easter from the Triumphal Entry (Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-40; John 12:12-19). The people worshiped Jesus just before crucifying him, and we do the same thing with our sin. We honor God with our lips and rebel against Him in our hearts.
- Preach about Easter from the empty tomb and what it means that our Savior is not dead (Matthew 28:6; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2-12; John 20:1-10).
- Preach Easter from the perspective of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-25). Jesus explains how all scripture points to himself and the crucifixion and resurrection.
- Preach from the many Old Testament prophesies that written hundreds of years before Jesus’ time and were fulfilled perfectly through Jesus’ death and resurrection.
- Preach from the perspective of the two criminals who were crucified next to Jesus (Luke 23:32-43).
- Preach Paul’s writing on the resurrection of Christ from 1 Corinthians 15:1-22.
- Preach the Theology of the atonement for our sins from the book of Romans (Romans 5:6-21).
- Preach from Philippians 2:1-11.
- Preach about Baptism and its symbolism of dying and resurrecting with Christ (Romans 6:3-11).
- Preach about how we are crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20).
- Preach about Jesus’ Resurrection from the perspective of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac (Genesis 22). Jesus is the sacrifice that Lord has provided so that we may live.
- Preach a series through Jesus’ final teaching at last supper recorded by John (John 13-17).
Easter Sunday message
Apart from the celebrations, Easter holidays is a time to seat back and reminisce about the awesome goodness of the lord. This however is applicable for Christians. There are a number of messages one can ponder over. In this Easter Sunday 2018 the message you should think of is one about; hope and judgment. According to John 5:28-29, Jesus Himself told his disciples, “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out – those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned”
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The second message on judgment is derived from Hebrews 9:27 where the bible says, “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment”.
As we get to understand when is Easter Sunday and celebrate Easter Sunday in 2018 it is important to have it at the back of our minds that Easter Sunday is when we celebrate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ at the cross for our sins. Even with the many family celebrations and festivities remember Christ as the reason for the season.