Eastertide is a thing! The word itself makes Easter live on—gives it movement, a destiny that fulfills resurrection purpose and joy. I love the word itself; it stirs my soul into what’s next.
It is rarely spoken of in Christian circles anymore, but it has a very significant place in traditional, liturgical calendars. It marks the 50-day period between Easter and Pentecost Sunday. Each Sunday in this season Christians celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead in a way that anticipates Pentecost—the birth of Christ’s Church—when 120 God-fearing believers from “every nation under heaven” (Acts 2:5) were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues they didn’t know (Acts 2:6).
The purpose of this infilling was and continues to be empowerment for witness, for carrying the gospel’s great news to everyone who has not yet heard it. They were being equipped for God’s mission to bless the world with God’s free gift of eternal life.