Yesterday we celebrated the resurrection of Christ. For Christians Easter rivals Christmas and the celebration of His birth as the most important day of the year. It is certainly the most significant event as it relates to our eternal destiny. Without the resurrection of Christ we have nothing to look forward to (1 Corinthians 15:32), we have no hope (verse 17) and we have no message (verse 14). Even non-Christians seem to instinctively understand the importance of the day. Typically Easter Sunday is one of the highest attended services of the year.
I want to make two observations about Easter Sunday. The first is that while I’m always happy to have more people in church, there is a sadness that is attached to the higher numbers. The sadness is that those same people who see a need to attend Easter services don’t see a need to come back again until Christmas. Somehow they have missed the importance of what took place at the resurrection and just how transforming that one event can be.
My second observation is that as followers of Christ we shouldn’t need a special day to celebrate His resurrection. Whatever unique feeling, blessing, worship, joy or significance we attach to Easter should not be confined to one day of the year. Easter should be an everyday event for us. I have no problem setting aside a day to remember such an epic event, as long as whatever is good about that day carries over to every other day of our lives.
A more basic issue for the Christian is: What about the day after Easter? What happens after the resurrection? While the resurrection of Jesus stands alone in its importance, there must be more. Jesus didn’t rise from the dead simply to show God’s power, His miracles had already addressed that issue. At the heart of the resurrection there must have been a purpose, an objective that continued long after the event itself had transpired. There was.
Two readily come to mind. The first is Hope. It is because of the resurrection of Jesus that the followers of Christ today have hope that they too will enjoy resurrection life (1 Corinthians 15:20-23). We should live as hope-filled people, knowing that Christ set the precedent for us. Because He lives we too shall live. That fact in itself should impact (change?) how we view life; how we live life; and how we react to the struggles of life.
The second long-term effect of the resurrection is that we have something to talk about! In fact we have something that we should and need to talk about. This is revolutionary. It’s life-changing. And it’s the only thing that can make an eternal difference in the lives of those in your sphere of influence. Unless we talk about the resurrection they will never understand why they need to consider its significance. They will never grasp just what it can do in their lives.
How important is the resurrection of Jesus to us today? Let’s put it this way: There is nothing in your life or my life that has the potential to change our world and the people in it more than this single event.
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