In a recent post, I received this question/comment:
I have a question. My family has never celebrated Easter as the resurrection of Jesus because we take communion every Sunday, remembering His death, burial, and resurrection at that time. For that reason, every Sunday is somewhat of an Easter to us, so on Easter we just do the egg hunt and such. I am wondering how often you partake communion, and what your thoughts are about remembering His resurrection every week in a service verses the once a year holiday. I am not trying to be disrespectful in any way - I've simply been raised this way, and have never really thought about or understood anything else about the holiday, so I'd love your insight.
My first thought was that I'd never heard of this before. To me, Easter has always been about celebrating Jesus' death, burial and resurrection. And, while I certainly have always been in churches that partake of communion, we've never done it every week. I honestly do not know how often we have communion ~ I'm sure there is a schedule at our church, but I just know when I see it in the order of worship that it will be that morning. Sometimes it is announced a week ahead as well.
I appreciate the spirit in which this question is asked and in the same vein will share my thoughts. They are certainly not wrong or right - just my thoughts.
God's Word does say to partake of communion as a way to remember His death, remember the sacrifice He made for us and to proclaim His death until He comes. In that regard, I think it is wonderful to be able to say that each Sunday is like Easter to you because of the way you are remembering the sacrifice He made on our behalf and the fact that He has risen.
Personally, I wonder if it loses some of its specialness being celebrated every week though. You know how we get with things that are routine - forgetting to really focus on what they mean. When it is celebrated a little less often, I wonder if we really think about its meaning more and ponder why we do it a bit deeper. Please understand that I am not pointing the finger at anyone. Just, speaking from my own experience and sinful tendencies to get in routines and therefore not think about those things as much.
I'd also be quite sad to not celebrate around Easter even if I did take communion every week. It is a holy time and one surrounded with meaning as there is such a focus on His sacrifice and new life.
To me, this sounds like one of those things where there is not a wrong or a right, but how we were raised has a big influence on how we see this when we are grown and guiding our own children. Being raised to celebrate Easter at this time of year, it is hard for me to imagine any other way. But, if I'd known a different way - then this may seem strange.
Anyone who is questioning how they should view Easter or celebrate this, please look to God's Word and go to Him in prayer for His leading in what is right for you and your family. I'd love to hear your thoughts if they are offered in a constructive way and in a right spirit. Thanks to the commenter who left this as it really got me thinking about why we celebrate the ways we do.