Dear Easter People
I write this to you right in the middle of Holy Week, just before this sacred time crescendos into the two days that changed everything. Those two days – the day Jesus died and the day he was raised from the dead are the hinges upon which all life and history swing. Those two days have secured the implementation of God’s kingdom and the salvation of all who believe.
We have heard the story of Good Friday – how Jesus was crucified on an old rugged cross, dying for the sins of humans. Unfortunately, many of us have heard the story over and over again until it has lost its wallop. It is crucial for us of faith to hear it clearly – this is God who died, this is God who died so we might live. There is no other news that is as startling as the straightforward announcement of the death of God. There is no other news that is as personally jarring as the matter of fact statement that God’s death was for my redemption. Think about it. Do you believe this? Do you really believe this?
We have heard the story of Easter – how Jesus the Son was raised from the dead to life by God the Father. Again, most of us have heard this since our childhood, and have accordingly learned to categorize it neatly into our lives. We try many approaches to make this blend into our lives.
Resurrection? “Why yes, I believe, but I haven’t thought about it much lately.”
Resurrection? “Of course, but don’t bother me with it right now, since I have family coming and Easter dinner to fix.”
Resurrection? I sure hope so, but you can’t actually expect me to buy it hook, line and sinker, can you? After all, we’re educated adults.”
The basic problem is resurrection can not be accommodated into the natural flow of our lives. There is no “blending in” with resurrection. If it’s true, it changes everything. If it’s false, it changes everything. We do not have the option of taking God risen from the dead for granted. The risen God is to be worshipped. The risen God is to be enjoyed. The risen God is to be obeyed. The risen God is to be proclaimed. The risen God is to be our heart and soul and life.
I invite you to First Baptist Arlington this Easter Sunday to hear afresh the startling good news of the Savior risen and alive.
Easter Blessings, Pastor Jon