Bringing the Text to Life

The Easter Crisis of 2020 Acts 2:14a, 36-41

The Easter Crisis of 2020

The first Easter was a rising and a crisis, a set of events that launched a movement and changed the world.


One hundred years ago, the people of Denmark faced a political crossroads they would later call the Easter Crisis of 1920. A few years before this, Ireland experienced the Easter Rising of 1916, which was suppressed six days after it started. Netflix offered a mini-series about this revolt called Rebellion. Easter seems to be a flash point that arcs back to the first “rising” 2,000 years ago. It continues to speak to us today.



For material based on today’s gospel text, see “When Jesus Drops In,” April 30, 2017.


Easter was a crisis.

Exactly 100 years ago, Denmark experienced the Easter Crisis of 1920. The king and the cabinet had a conflict that escalated into a constitutional crisis, leading to the development of a constitutional monarchy in Denmark.

Easter was also a rising. In Ireland, the Easter Rising of 1916 was a bloody milestone in the struggle between the Irish and the British. Beginning on...

Start your risk free trial to view the entire installment!