Under the Cross
"that I may know him and the power of his resurrection" (Philippians 3:10)
What’s so important about Easter?
WHAT’S SO IMPORTANT ABOUT EASTER?!
I can hear Charlie Brown asking that question and Linus going nuts repeating it. So, let’s answer it here and now as Easter Sunday is just around the corner.
Throughout the New Testament, the Resurrection of Jesus is far and away the central theme. In the Book of Acts just about every sermon focuses on the Resurrection. Why? I mean, what happened to Good Friday and the cross? What happened to "we preach Christ crucified" (I Corinthians 1:23)? The cross of Jesus has not been forgotten in any way whatsoever. No way. At the cross, Jesus defeated sin, Satan, and death through the supreme sacrifice of Himself; in our place, once for all. “It is finished” He said (John 19:30).
So, let me ask you this ... after a race, any race, what happens next? There’s that whole 'confirrmation process' to ensure that the winner actually did win, ‘fair & square’. Then, and only then, is the winner crowned.
The Resurrection of Jesus also serves a purpose, according to I Corinthians 15:
-- “if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain” (v.14)
-- “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins” (v. 17)
-- “If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied” (v. 19).
Proof. Absolute, incontrovertible proof that what Jesus did on Good Friday did, in fact, defeat sin, Satan, and death. We are forgiven! We are saved! The death of Jesus on the cross accomplished it and the Resurrection of Jesus proves it!
Now, going forward in our faith life, along with Paul the Apostle, we want to know Jesus “and the power of his resurrection” (Philippians 3:10) for it is the Resurrection of Jesus that empowers us to live to the glory of God and for the good of one another. We are, by definition, Easter people.
As we move forward from the Covid pandemic, we need the presence of the resurrected Jesus each and every day. We need the resurrected Jesus to guide us so that we take the correct steps in re-establishing our in-person worship, Bible studies, and fellowship activites. We need the resurrected Jesus to empower us in reconnecting with each other as a faith family here at Evergreen Lutheran.
We need the resurrected Jesus to open our eyes of faith so that we can see His vision for our Gospel ministries, both here at Evergreen Lutheran as well as in our own personal lives. We need the
resurrected Jesus to free us from doubt and fear, from guilt and shame, so that we can reach out to others who are not yet part of our faith family here at Evergreen Lutheran. We need to know Jesus “and the power of his resurrection” (Philippians 3:10) so that we can be all He's created us to be.
That’s why the Resurrection of Jesus is so important. He is risen! He is risen, indeed!!
God is here. With us. For us. In us.