What are we to do with Easter?
Easter and the resurrection, indeed the very idea of faith in God and a Savior for sin, offends many people. They say, "Believing in the old Easter message, even putting faith in God, is an outdated concept. Today we have science and besides, we know we're perfectly able to manage our own lives."
Even some church-goers may say, "I think the old Sunday School story of Jesus coming back from the dead works for kids. But what reasonable, educated adult could swallow it? To me the resurrection story is more of a nice metaphor for new life in Christ."
Consider the evidence
It's true that faith is a matter of, well, faith. Not logic. Not scientific proof.
Still, we can read accounts of Josephus and other reliable historians of the time. Their records of events surrounding the crucifixion of Jesus Christ are remarkably similar to Gospel accounts such as Matthew 26:47 to 28:10.
These ancient historians noted that despite heavy guard, Christ's body vanished from the tomb and many people saw the flesh-and-blood Jesus during the following weeks. (According to 1 Corinthians 15:6 on one occasion he appeared to more than 500 individuals.)
Unlike every other human being who died down through history, Jesus did not stay dead.
Jesus was no ordinary human
He was God come to earth in human form. Our minds cannot even comprehend that, let alone explain it.
Jesus Christ came to pay the penalty of our sin. To overcome the power of death and the devil. He was born and died to set things right between us and God. Remember John 3:16?
[Jesus said] "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
"The world" includes not just people living at the time, but also you and me and every other person who will ever live.
In John 10:27-28, Jesus said, "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.…"
Easter--Resurrection Sunday--is our Freedom Day. Because He lives, you and I can live, too, eternally.
What we believe about Easter matters, all 365 days of the year
Without the resurrection, Christianity shrinks into just another code of ethics, another set of rules and nice sayings.
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:17, 19:
"And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins ... If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men."
If you're familiar with the Bible, you know it didn't end there. Now Jesus lives within our hearts through his Spirit (John 14:26.)
The Holy Spirit changes us, from the inside out
Come as you are,
but don't leave as you came.
When we believe in Jesus Christ and the power of his resurrection it takes away the pressure to try to change on our own. We know we have help we can call on. Change comes through the quiet work of the Holy Spirit, the presence of Jesus, upon our hearts and minds.
All this because of Easter and the resurrection. No wonder Christians believe this day is so much more than bunnies and colored eggs and candy.
I wish you Easter joy, my friend, and a happy Easter life!