This Easter, Make Jesus the Main Attraction

Easter is the most sacred of holidays in the Christian year. It is traditionally the Sunday with the highest church attendance in the year. It is the day during the year that more non-Christians or de-churched folks are likely to attend church. Many church plants strategically launch on Easter Sunday because of this fact. More churches do mass marketing campaigns and pithy postcards for Easter than any other Sunday. Churches will work hard to be attractive this Sunday. Churches will do their best this Easter to put their most talented musicians on stage, show their best video, have the nicest greeters, display the prettiest flowers, and have the most manicured lawns. Preachers will prepare to preach their best sermon. It’s the Sunday where, for mama’s sake, families will suck it up, don the seersucker, and pack a pew. It’s a day when churches are so passionate to get people in the door they might even give away an iPad or two.

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And oh yeah, it’s the day when we celebrate that there is hope for humanity because Jesus was victorious over sin and rose victoriously from the grave (1 Corinthians 15:54-57)! It’s the day that we remember that he who knew no sin became sin that we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). It is a day, above all else, to worship the King of Kings and lift Him high so that He will draw all people to Himself.

There will be lots of reasons people gather this Sunday. There will be thousands of invitations to people and tactics that, though they may be done with the best of intentions, cross the line into gimmickry and even manipulation. There will be lots of attractions at church this Easter, but I pray that for your own life or the life of your church you will make Jesus the main attraction. As Ed Stetzer said on this topic: “Let’s not lose focus of this: no show, stage dressing, egg drop, or speaker should eclipse the one who conquered sin and death.”

A.A. Milne, of “Winnie the Pooh” fame, wrote a poem about Christopher Robin going to Buckingham Palace. Christopher Robin sees the sentry houses and the changing of the guard and hears of the grand parties hosted on the palace grounds. He is fascinated by all that he sees, but Christopher Robin doesn’t see the one he hoped to see–the King!

It’s quite tragic, you see, to go to the palace and not see the King.