Easter is fast approaching! What things do you associate with easter? Easter eggs, Easter bunny, Easter parade, or:
THE DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST!
What if easter had never happened? There would be no easter eggs, no easter parades, no easter bunny, or dare I say
NO RESURRECTION OF CHRIST.
After all the Bible tells us that easter is all about Christ’s death on the cross and his resurrection from the grave. If easter never happened would it make a difference to your life? I know it would to mine, you see without easter I don’t have a life! Or should I say I do have a life here on earth which would be worth a plugged nickel.
My life would be full of sin and no one to forgive that sin. The Bible I believe in just be another book, instead of being the word of God. without easter the Gospel I believe in would not exist.
You see if Christ has not risen from the dead then those who believe in him have no faith, the church we go to may as well not be there because the Gospel it preaches would be in vain, it would be irrelevant, and useless. All our prayers are just a excercise in futility.
If Christ has not been raised then the Christian faith is a joke.
What about the apostles? They would have died for a cause that did not exist, and all their preaching was useless. Without the resurrection of Christ there is no forgiveness for my sin or for yours.
Oh yes you sin, the Bible tells us that all have sinned and fallen short.
The whole idea behind the Gospel is to tell about Jesus, Christ the Son of God and it is the central part of Christianity
Jesus came to earth with the sole purpose dying on the cross for the sin of the world, to be resurrected therefore defeating the grave, defeating death and making a mockery of satan, and most of all giving us eternal life.
As a Christian my main hope is that one day I will be reunited with those I love who have died, and that we will be in heaven with Christ.
Because Christ was raised from the dead all the negatives of this world become positives in Glory, we have true faith, true forgiveness, and a hope for the future.
Because Jesus was raised from the dead our faith is not worthless, we are not still in our sin, and we have a future. Heaven awaits us. Eternal life is ours.
On that first easter morning when Mary arrived at the grave, she found it empty, it was empty because Jesus had come out. He came out of the tomb so that He could come into our hearts and give us hope for the future, forgiveness for the present and the past, and faith for daily living.
The tragedy is not that the tomb is empty, but that there are many whose hearts are empty.
JESUS IS ALIVE!!
IF YOU VISIT ANY OF THE GRAVES OF OTHER FAITH LEADERS AND YOU WERE ALLOWED TO OPEN THEM, THEY WOULD STILL BE OCCUPIED