Christmas is the most popular Christian holiday with the world. It may also be the most popular among believers, but it is not the most important. That distinction is reserved for Easter, or Resurrection Day.
Christmas is an important commemoration. It is vital not because of the gifts and traditions but because it celebrates the incarnation. It reminds us that God became man, that God sent His son. What is important about that is the reason the Son was sent.
That is what Easter is about. Easter is about the resurrection. The resurrection of Jesus is the central truth of Christianity that is vital above all others. Jesus rose from the dead. It that important? Here is what the apostle Paul said,
(1 Corinthians 15:17 KJV) And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.If the resurrection did not happen then the Christian faith is a joke. In Paul’s words, it is vain.
The resurrection tells us that death has no real sting. The grave has no victory. Believers will be resurrected to life eternal. There is some debate about what that will be like but you must accept it as our great hope.
I have lost both parents and a brother. Someday my body will cease to function. The separation is very real but so is the hope.
So Happy Resurrection Day!
My desire is that you would believe and thus know the hope that the day brings. Not bunnies and chocolate eggs, as much fun as those are, but eternal life in glory.
Rejoice! He is Risen!
homo unius libri
It amazed me how many times I said this on Sunday and only had stares returned.ReplyDelete
Grace and peace.