Friday, March 31, 2017

Beyond Bunnies

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

Most churches are in full swing to get ready for Easter celebrations. Special clean up crews, cool banners and decorations, spectacular music, egg hunts - all kinds of neat stuff. I’ve often wondered why we try so hard to get people to come to church on Easter. It’s typically the one time each year when most — even those who really don’t believe in God at all — go to church. 

For me, Easter is the reason I go to church every week. It’s the foundation of my faith. I learned this from the Apostle Paul who said that everything we do is vain, if Christ didn’t rise from the grave [1 Corinthians 15.14]. That’s why Easter is more than bunnies. It’s about true death, sorrowful burial, and certain resurrection. If not, you would never see me in a church again.

Bottom line: the resurrection of Jesus is the most important event in human history. Let’s make it personal: it’s the most important event for you and me. It’s the source of our hope for forgiveness, new life in Christ, and eternal life with God. 

Because of that we can sing with great enthusiasm…

Christ the Lord is ris’n today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heav’ns, and earth, reply, Alleluia!
(Charles Wesley, Christ the Lord is Risen Today - 1739)

True Christ followers don’t worship bunnies at Easter. We worship the One who gave us new life — Jesus Christ!

Before long, the world will not see Me anymore, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. John 14.19

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