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::Devotional::’Resurrection Sunday’

March 31, 2010

When we think about Easter what do we think of first?  For the longest time in my life Easter was nothing more than a Spring holiday to me.  I knew that somewhere in all of it there was an Easter bunny, some Easter eggs, an Easter basket, a big family meal and then there was also something important about Jesus.  My perspective has changed over time and I see Easter Sunday as Resurrection Sunday where it’s all about Jesus!

Several years ago I started thinking about one of the most common symbols of Christianity, the cross.  Many people wear it on jewelry or have it hanging in their homes, or even on books and bumper-stickers.  The cross is significant as it represents the death and sacrifice of Jesus for man’s sin.  However, many religious leaders have died martyrs.  Their bones lie in decay somewhere.  What sets Christianity apart from all else is the empty tomb.  Yes Jesus died a martyr, but three days later he rose from the dead and left an empty tomb!  It made we wonder if we ought not display an empty tomb rather than the cross.

Just how important is the resurrection?  What would Christianity be like without it?  Well, consider the words of the Apostle Paul from 1 Corinthians 15

  • Preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ would be useless and so would faith in Him
    • “And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” v. 14
  • Anytime we preached about the resurrection we’d be bearing false witness about God, saying He did something He did not do
    • “More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead.  But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised.”  v. 15
  • We would not be redeemed from sin and our sins would not be forgiven
    • “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.” v. 17
  • All those who have died Christians, even Abraham and Moses, before us are lost and convicted of sin
    • “Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost.”  v. 18
  • We would be the most pitiful people in all the earth for having such a false hope
    • “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.”  v. 19

Praise God that’s not the case!  Jesus did die and three days later God did resurrect Him from the dead!

But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.  For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.  For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.  1 Corinthians 15:20-22

Jesus has paved the way for all those who follow Him to do so beyond the grave and into eternity.  He has conquered death!

Death has been swallowed up in victory.  Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting?  1 Corinthians 15:54-55

This Sunday, Resurrection Sunday, let’s not forget why and who and what we are celebrating.

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