Today is Easter.
With no children at my home, there will be no Easter baskets or gifts exchanged. I probably will not even get a new tie this year. I certainly don’t need another one.Rather, I can simply focus on the one thing that matters most. Jesus is alive! I dwelt on this topic two weeks ago, and yet it can never be repeated enough.
The truth that Jesus is alive is the one thing about Christianity that cannot be deleted.
I know some are skeptical about the resurrection. The fact is that there are several strong proofs concerning the resurrection of Jesus. I would point you to two books by Lee Strobel, “The Case for Christ and The Case for the Resurrection.”
Strobel, a former agnostic who investigated the New Testament documents and interviewed many experts, came to believe that Jesus was truly raised from the dead and that he gave his life to the Lord.
But rather than argue about the resurrection today, I would rather remind you of its ultimate meaning for your life. That Jesus was raised from the dead is not merely a historical fact. It ought to make a difference in your life.
Paul made that argument throughout 1 Corinthians 15. Often called the Resurrection Chapter, Paul here reminds the first century Christians that the teaching of the resurrection was foundational to the faith, and that it must be emphasized above all else.
If Jesus was not raised from the dead, there is no reason for hope in the future. The Christian rejects outright any notion of reincarnation. No resurrection means that death is the end. Period.
No resurrection means heaven is a myth. It means that justice is unattainable. If there is no resurrection, then the final score could be summarized, “He who dies with the most toys wins.”
That is a horrible way to live. Job said to God, “You have placed eternity in our hearts.” That means that there is a longing in the human soul for more than what we see.
Those of us who believe in the resurrection are confident there is more than that. And so we hope in the Lord.
I hope you will celebrate the resurrection of the Lord with your church family this week. I pray it will be a joyous occasion for you as you are reminded again that Jesus is alive. And I trust that will make a real difference in your life.
Jesus truly is alive. And that is all that matters.