We Christians believe that Jesus is Lord and God. He proved that He is Jehovah by being raised from the dead. If you think about it, the concept of killing God is the consummate oxymoron. There is nothing He could do but rise from His tomb! People are skeptical only because they do not understand His Deity. Once that is resolved, the resurrection becomes an easy doctrine to comprehend. Well then, what should the Christian be thankful for at Easter? Because He died for our sins. This is where my personal amazement never ceases. The symbol of the church is not a rainbow, an ark, a dove, or a fish. It is a simple, empty cross. One hangs over our baptistry in the sanctuary. Another larger one is in the corner of the sanctuary, and a third is on top of the tower outside of our church building. Our salvation and faith all hang on the hinge of God’s only begotten Son dying for our sins. The Just for the unjust. We have absolutely no goodness of our own, and our righteousness is imputed to us through His precious atoning blood. II Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” The hymn tells us how Jesus took our sins and separated them from us as far as the east is from the west: “Jesus paid it all, and all to Him I owe, sin had left a crimson stain, but He washed it white as snow.” That is what will never cease to amaze me every Easter. Many people try to work their way to heaven. God is telling us that He did all of the work for us. We must simply trust, believe and repent. Thank you Jesus for providing a plan of salvation that is so simple that a child can understand it. Given the choice, I would rather preach the crucifixion over the resurrection. The crucifixion is where the Marines hit the beach and there was bloody fighting, many wounded and dead. The resurrection was the mop up operation, occurring after the battle was already won!
Happy Easter, Pastor Steve