What’s Your Heart Prep for Easter?

Got your chocolate bunnies and Easter basket preparations finished? (I’m really kidding with that question.)

If I arrived on this planet as an alien this week and walked down the store aisles to investigate what our culture values as important . . . I would walk away knowing an important event is about to be marked, a huge celebration is about to occur . . . something to do with bunnies, chicks, colored eggs, baskets and frilly hats . . . but I wouldn’t have a clue about what historical and spiritual event is buried beneath all the pastel-colored hoopla.

I’m not necessarily opposed to chocolate Easter bunnies (especially if they’ve got a creamy peanut butter filling) but I am opposed to a commercialized major distraction occurring when this is a season for reflecting on the most amazing event in history. I find the amount of bunny-stuff being pushed in my face a tad irritating when I consider how it serves to detract from the significance of this event.

This is a most holy, sacred season. 

Some of us begin preparing for Resurrection Day (aka “Easter” on the calendar) long before it arrives. Some observe the tradition of “Lent” which begins on Ash Wednesday (40 days before Easter if you don’t count Sundays). This is a season set aside for focusing on Jesus’ suffering and sacrifice, to meditate on the work of the Atonement, the miracle of the resurrection, and what it means for us today. It can involve the spiritual discipline of fasting, extended times of prayer, and using Lent devotionals or reading materials that cultivate a greater appreciation for Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection.

I want to share a few of my favorite resources that I’ve used through the years (some of them repeatedly).

One of my favorite books related to this topic is The Incomparable Christ by J. Oswald Sanders. Nancy Leigh DeMoss has a powerful series based on that book. This series is a great resource for heart preparation (anytime, but especially during this season). I’ve embedded the link to that series (you can read the transcript or listen online) here. Or you can order the book with the CD series at this link.

A lengthier and a bit heavier work on Christ’s Passion Week is The Suffering Savior by F. W. Krummacher. Originally published in 1854, Krummacher provides an intimate and personal account of Jesus’ final days. I literally feel as though I am in Gethsemane with Christ as I read Krummacher’s detailed description. This is truly one of my favorite books, I keep it right beside my Bible study chair and refer to it often.

A few years ago one of my favorite bloggers, Justin Taylor, posted a blog series that provides a helpful harmony/chronology of the words and actions of Jesus in the final week of his pre-resurrection life. I encourage you to access that series here.

These are just for starters, I’d love for you to add to my list by leaving a comment and include some of your favorite heart prep resources for Easter.

I’ll be on the blog next week with posts related to the season as well, so I hope to hear from you as we focus on Jesus’ work on the cross and celebrate His resurrection.

How are you preparing for celebrating Resurrection Day?


  • Jody Gates

    I too read The Incomparable Christ. This year I am reading along with Elyse Fitzpatrick Romans 1-8. Ive been a Christian for 38 years and I am reading and listening to Romans 5 like I am reading it for the first time. God is so great and God is so good.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Thanks so much for sharing what God is doing in your life through your study of Romans, Jody. I love the fact that His word is LIVING and active (Heb. 4:12), so there is no end to its depths and the fresh way even familiar passages can speak to me.

    Praying you have a wonderful Lord’s Day tomorrow, friend!

  • Dawna chase hill

    I don’t ck emails just for record. 🙂 you are so right . It looks like we are having a bunny celebration. The other day we were in Walmart and josh-my six yr old who is way mature for his age and anointed I’m sure-said ” mom where are the chocolate crosses they usually have??” So proud, and since then Walmart has gotten them in just for the record. Love ya and thanks for sharing the love of God with us!!!!!