Why is it that the church tries so hard to get people to come along at Easter? And why is it that Easter is probably the one time of year when everyone—even those who really don't believe in God at all—might go to church?
It is because what happened at Easter is the foundation of our faith. This is what a man named Paul said. Paul was a sceptic of Christianity until he met the Lord in a very dramatic way while traveling on a busy Roman highway. He became one of the most passionate evangelists in the history of the church.
Paul said that if what happened on Easter—Jesus Christ rising from the dead is not real and true we have missed this powerful reality.
And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world. — 1 Corinthians 15:19
This is how we would say it today. If Easter is just a nice religious holiday with chocolate and Hot cross buns and family, and Jesus Christ really didn't rise again from the dead on the third day—then Christians are a really sorry lot. We might as well pack up our Bibles and put away our guitars and go home.
But the truth is—Jesus Christ did rise from the dead. It's a historical fact. In fact, in 1 Corinthians 15, Paul lays out the evidence. 500 witnesses saw Jesus Christ in the flesh after he had died and been buried in the tomb. You can't get 500 people to agree on anything, but they all testified that indeed Jesus Christ was alive three days after He was dead and buried.
The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most important event in human history. It's the most important event in your life and in mine. This is the world-changing event we celebrate every Easter.
The events of that first Easter are the only source of hope in this world. Through the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross, through his payment for your sin and for mine, and through his resurrection from the dead, he gives you and me new life. Eternal life forever, we just need to believe (John 3:16, John 6:47, Ephesians 2:8-9).
Because of Easter, you and I don't have to be chained with the shackles of sin. We're free to live the life God intended. Because of Easter, we can walk with the God of the Universe as if He is our friend.
So, this Easter, don't let it be all about the buns and bunnies, but join us as we celebrate together and worship the One who gave us life in Jesus Christ.
Join us for worship — Good Friday 9am and Easter Sunday 9am & 6pm
and join us for ‘Easter on the Lawn’ after our Easter Sunday AM service on Sunday 27th March.
We look forward to seeing you this Easter.
Pastor Michael Thurlow