April 12, 2009

Easter Sunday

The Resurrection of Jesus is the event on which the doors of eternity are hinged. It is the one thing that makes Christianity different than any other faith and the reason for Jesus' power and authority today.

If you call yourself a Christian, have you ever taken a second to think about what would have happened if Christ had not risen from the dead? Christianity would be pointless and we would all be really, really lame. Paul even says as much in I Corinthians 15:14, "And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith." and again in verse 17, "And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile." He goes on to say that if our hope in Christ is only for this life, then we are to be pitied more than anyone else (vs 19).

Today is the day in which we celebrate Christ's victory over death and if you are found in Him, then that victory is yours as well. This is our hope for new and better things to come. If the Resurrection didn't happen, then Jesus is nothing more than a crazy guy who was martyred for nothing (and happened to be really nice and say some nice things) and the people who claim to follow Him are equally as crazy. But if it did happen, then it would be wise for us to start living as if now really does matter in the scope of eternity. Later in the same chapter Paul says, "Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God - I say this to your shame."

If you are not living as a Christian with an eternal perspective and hope, what's the point? Do not miss the event that has radically changed the course of eternity and has the power to change your life.