So I was thinking about Easter weekend. It has been said, though I am uncertain of the truth of it, that Easter is one of the few holidays that people who are NOT avid church goers tend to go to church. That is, more people go to church on Easter than on a normal Sunday.
Why? I cannot of course answer this as one who does such a thing because I try to attend church on a regular basis. (The subject of “why bother going to church at all” is a subject for another time.) However I would like to write a bit about the topic, “why does Easter matter?”
First of all, to my knowledge, I do not recall the Bible ever commanding us to celebrate the resurrection of Christ, aside from the practice of “Communion” (as it has come to be known). Why is it that we celebrate this time?
The answer is much simpler than most questions about religious practices. Jesus died and was buried but He is now alive and in Heaven preparing a place for us to join Him someday. (John 14:2-3 – Thanks, Patti!) It is not just the amazing act of coming back to life that we celebrate but, rather, what His resurrection means for us. So you may be wondering, “How do you even know there was a Jesus and that he died, was buried, resurrected and lives in Heaven?” That is an excellent question. Frankly, I can explain all the evidence supporting it and how the Bible is truth, etc, etc, but in the end it all comes back to faith. Every religion is founded on FAITH. Atheist, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhism, Christian, whatever! all require FAITH. How does an Atheist know that there is no God? They don’t; they just believe there is no God. How does a Buddhist know that Buddha ever existed? They don’t; they just believe! And that is exactly the same for all the rest and their beliefs. Even you – whatever you believe – believe with some certainty, I hope.
What is faith? According to Hebrews 11:1-3
1Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. 2This is what the ancients were commended for. 3By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
According to the dictionary:
1: Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.
2: Loyalty to a person or thing
So why should Easter matter to the non-believer? Because you are imperfect; we ALL are! We make mistakes, screw up, fail, fall on our face and the only thing that cleans up all our manure and makes us perfect is Christ Jesus. You don’t have to believe in Him for that to be true. You do, however, have to believe in Him to be saved from your imperfections. Sin cannot exist in the presence of God; therefore we need to be covered in Christ’s blood to go to Heaven and reside in the presence of God for eternity.
I want to quickly address, also, the arrogance of Christians. Some have said that Christians act like they are better than everyone else. I suppose some do act that way. However, I believe some people mistake our eternal certainty for arrogance. We are no better than anyone else. I am just as sinful and imperfect as any other Jane, Mary, Sue or whoever! I still sin. I try so very hard not to but I mess up. It is not what we do that makes Christians special or “better”; it is what God has done to us that makes us different.
17"If, while we seek to be justified in Christ, it becomes evident that we ourselves are sinners, does that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! 18If I rebuild what I destroyed, I prove that I am a lawbreaker. 19For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!"
We are made spiritually DEAD by sin but made ALIVE again through Christ! AMEN and Hallelujah!
10The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
We are all spending Eternity somewhere be it Heaven, Hell or, as some believe, “nowhere because there is nothing after death”. Well I hope you are certain about whatever your beliefs are because I wouldn’t want to be caught in Hell because it turned out there was something after all!
ENJOY your eternity!!
I love you.