“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God.” (Acts 2:46–47, NIV 1984).
My Musings – “L’shanah haba’ah biyerushalayim — next year in Jerusalem,” is a phrase the Jews of the diaspora have used since the middle ages at the conclusion of the Seder Passover seder to describe their longing to be united in Jerusalem. Since the creation of a modern Jewish state in 1948, it now more likely refers to a future ideal Jerusalem, with the Temple rebuilt and the coming of the Messiah.
This year, Christians might be rallying around a similar call of “next year in the sanctuary,” after spending the first Easter ever (for most) “dispersed” to their respective homes, unable to gather together and worship the true Messiah’s resurrection. Okay, so maybe this Christian dispersion pales in comparison to the centuries of suffering and waiting of the Jews. But when one cannot do what they have long taken for granted, the preciousness of fellowshipping and worshipping together, takes on greater significance.
The old adage, “you do not know what you’ve missed till it’s gone,” is so true. As a result, perhaps this year’s experience has given increased significance to the Easter celebration, forcing us to a deeper level of appreciation for something that maybe, just maybe, we were not appreciating nearly enough. And maybe, just maybe, this rediscovered enthusiasm should become an every Sunday celebration, not just once (Easter) or twice (Christmas) a year. Or dare I say it, an every day walk with the Savior.
My Advice – Appreciate and celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah daily until He returns! Next year it just may be the “wedding supper of the Lamb!“