The big day was finally here. The young bride-to-be was about to walk down the aisle and marry the man of her dreams. Even though she was exhausted from months of preparation, she beamed with joy. The church was decorated beautifully. The colors chosen for the wedding were perfect on the bridesmaids and groomsmen. The florist’s arrangements were exploding with color. When the bridal march began the doors opened and she began to walk down the aisle. She was stunning. The service went perfectly. The reception was a real celebration. And when all was done, friends and family gathered to tell the beautiful couple, “Good bye!” With cheers and applause, the newlyweds kissed one more time and drove away in separate cars promising to meet again on their anniversary.
“Ridiculous!” you say, “There is no way newlyweds would do that!”
The whole point of marriage is togetherness. A man and a woman develop a friendship that deepens into the commitment of love that lasts a lifetime. The last place they want to be is apart. Being married changes everything.
Are you sitting down? What I am about to tell you is amazing.
Once upon a time, Almighty God set a plan in motion that would result in the shameful, agonizing death of His One and Only Son so that His rebellious, fallen, depraved, sinful creatures could be forgiven and enjoy a never-ending relationship with Him. To seal the deal, God the Father raised God the Son from the grave ensuring that we all could escape death too.
This death-defying act of God
Every Sunday since then, His followers have been gathering to celebrate His resurrection on the First Day of the Week. Each year, a day is set aside to commemorate this death-defying act of God.
For many people Easter means time out of school, new clothes, coloring eggs, giving baskets filled with goodies, and talk of a rabbit called, “The Easter Bunny.” (I know, it sounds crazy!) Of course, all of this is good-natured fun. I enjoy coloring eggs with my kids and hiding them too.
But have you noticed that for most of us, life goes on as usual the day after Easter? The decorations go into storage, students are back in school, and the rest of us are back at work. But shouldn’t there be more? After all, we just celebrated the resurrection of someone from the dead, and not just anyone – the very Son of God!
Like the young couple in the parable, there was a commitment, we had a celebration, and life goes on as usual.
This cannot be.
Then nothing can remain the same
If the Scriptures are true, if the eyewitnesses are reliable, if there has not been a plausible explanation for the disappearance for Jesus’ body after His crucifixion, then nothing can remain the same.
God orchestrated everything so that we could be forgiven and have a real and personal relationship with Him. If you have not asked Christ to forgive you of your sin and surrendered your life to follow Him then what are you waiting for?
I would be happy to guide you into the process of knowing and following Christ so you can experience real life the way God intended.
And if you have truly experienced a new life in Christ, but realize things are basically the same, I would be delighted to talk to you about that as well.
Jesus Christ did indeed rise from the dead. And that changes everything.
“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” (2 Cor. 5:14-15)