Easter is now officially over.
The question is, what now?
Others may only be celebrating this one time a year; gathering with family for the annual obligation. Without being able to gather this year, what happened to that obligation? Did many still view a service out of habit?
And to me, that really re-centers the focus of the Christian life. Don't get me wrong, the crucifix is still powerful imagery and represents the greatest victory that we have. There is, however, also a tendency to treat it as a one-time historical event, both in the life of Christ and in our lives. It's too easy for us to leave Christ on the cross. To stop at our salvation and not pursue sanctification - to just get "fire insurance" and that's it. To treat Jesus as just Savior and not Lord.
Focusing on the Good Shepherd reminds us that He is still watching over us. He is still guiding us and protecting us. And that we are still required to be listening for His voice. To follow His voice and His voice alone. To go where the shepherd guides us and to graze there. To lie down in good pastures, to drink still waters, to graze along the Paths of Righteousness.
It reminds us that the Good Shepherd is and should be a part of our daily lives.
Now let's live like it on more than just Easter Sunday.