For a long time, I’ve mainly thought that Easter worship is an invitation of celebration. Even many who don’t typically attend church recognize the importance of the day and will come to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection after death.

This year, however, I’m realizing Easter worship is also a celebration of invitation. Can you believe that God would invite exiles and rebels, the self-righteous and the self-sabotaging, to share in eternal life through Jesus? Isaiah 55:1 reads: “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, buy and eat!” Now that is an invitation worth celebrating.


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Jon Stallsmith

Jon Stallsmith