“…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day…” 1 Corinthians 15:3,4
Clever and modern as we might be in the 21st century church, we can never get beyond the central fact that Jesus died and rose again. Everything else radiates outward from those core historical events. The cross is the measure of the sinfulness and brokenness of us individually and of the human race as a whole. The only remedy is the death of the Sinless One. Both the disease and the remedy are extreme. This is where God decisively proves his love – “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) You and I are in need of the cross and forgiveness every hour of every day!
While the cross speaks to us of ‘suffering and shame’, and we need to hear that, the resurrection imparts joy, hope and inner strength. Yes, it was only Jesus who came back to life, but the implication is that he is “the firstborn of many brothers and sisters.” (Ro. 8:29, 1 Cor. 15) In other words, we who have put our trust in Jesus will be coming back to life as well. That’s a future thing and a matter of hope and trust in God’s promise. In the here and now, however, our actual life force is the resurrected Christ within. “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you,” Paul writes. (Romans 8:11)
These realities don’t make much sense to people who don’t know, love and follow Jesus yet. It’s all ‘religious’ nonsense – even foolishness. Nevertheless, we will be gathering together to remember Christ’s death and celebrate his resurrection, sharing in the Lord’s Supper, on Easter Sunday, April 1st. Hope you’ll come and join us. After all, it is April Fools’ Day!
In Christ’s love,