Something happens to church culture on Easter Sunday. It’s one of the most pivotal days each year. You know – Easter baskets, egg hunts, the Kids Director getting back at your disobedient kid by sending him home hopped up on chocolate.
Maybe you look back and remember stiff Easter dresses that coordinate with all of your siblings and wishing “big church” would finally end so you could quickly devour all of the pink Starburst Jelly Beans before your brother; but again you hear the Preacher say “He is risen”, and mumble out a “He is risen indeed”.
Jokes and typical traditions aside, today let’s take a moment to think about how quickly we forgo the beauty of Easter and forget the beautiful purpose of remembrance, especially on a day like Easter.
Maybe you had time to sit and remember who you were apart from Christ and really reflect on what He has done in you to transform your heart. You possibly even sat at Brentwood and watched 30+ people declare their decision to believe and follow Jesus through Baptism!
Easter can be so powerful – and it should be! We get to celebrate the Messiah who lived a perfect, sinless life, fully God and fully man, who in an unfathomable way (at least to my finite mind) chose to die a death he did not deserve for a people who so often wander from His presence. His death was for all mankind on the cross. The blood that was shed was just part of this miraculous weekend that we hinge our faith on. As we know and celebrate each Easter, death had no power over our Messiah. He DEFEATED death, bridging the gap between our sinfulness and God’s holiness.
"We get to celebrate the Messiah ... who in an unfathomable way ... chose to die a death he did not deserve for a people who so often wander from His presence."
I don’t know about you, but it can be so incredibly easy to get in a routine of “just going to Church” or missing Church for sleep, travel, games and making it just for those “big” Sundays. I want to challenge you to more than just the routine of Sunday.
Let us live in light of the Gospel each day.
So what needs to happen now? It’d be easy for you to just sit back and be lulled to sleep in the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In 2 Peter 3:1, Peter tells the church that he is writing them to “wake them up by way of a reminder”. That’s what needs to happen to us.
This remembering needs to be both past and future tense. What I mean by that is that we need to remember the Gospel but look ahead knowing that He will continue working in you. Peter reminded the Church that everything needed for life and godliness had already been given to them. When we live in the light of the Gospel, we remember that because we decided to believe and follow Jesus, the Holy Spirit now lives in us. We were once dead, and now, because of the Messiah and his resurrection, we are alive together with Christ, and we have the Word of God at our hands.
"When we live in the light of the Gospel, we remember that because we decided to believe and follow Jesus, the Holy Spirit now lives in us."
Let’s be really practical with this. Today you will go to work with, interact at the store with, or be among family that doesn’t believe and follow Jesus. If you aren’t living a life that accurately reflects the Gospel and sharing it with them, how will they ever know Jesus?
Let us not become numb to the Gospel and the hope that we celebrate and remember on Easter. Take time to reflect on what God has done and what He is doing in your life today. He is victorious, and He will do incredible things in and through you!