From the "whatever it's worth department..."
Thoughts from Pastor Scott...
What's the #1 thing you think about when you think about Easter? It's CHOCOLATE, right? Maybe not, but what do we really think about Easter? Do we truly think about the magnitude and awesomeness of the Easter event? Are we aware of the impact an execution in the Middle East, which occurred approximately 1,979 years ago, has really had on the world? Or is it just another holiday (the tem holiday is the secularization of Holy Day, a special day of praise and celebration in the church's calendar year)? Why is this day so important and different than any other Sunday? Maybe it's the special hats and dresses!
Let's begin by realizing the fact that every time we write a calendar date down we are referring to the person of Jesus! He lived and His life was extraordinary and worthy of that recognition. Why? What was it about Jesus that changed and influenced history to the extent that He is THE focal point in history? Recorded history is even divided by His life! It wasn't His birth, life; teaching, ministry or execution that created His unfathomable impact on history. It was Jesus' resurrection that makes this impact! The resurrection is THE most extraordinarily powerful event ever witnessed in history. It proved once and for all that Jesus was who He said He was; "... by being raised from the dead He was proved to be the mighty Son of God, with the holy nature of God himself." (Romans 1:4 LB). And, it proved the depth and breadth of God's love for sin filled humanity. Jesus says in John 3:17; "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him". And in John 12:47 He says; "... For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it". That's why we celebrate Easter! That's why the world's calendar revolves around Him. Jesus is God and is the Savior of the world.
So, what does this ultimately mean today? Well, I believe Jesus is still on trial in our society just as He was about 1,979 years ago. He's on trial in the public arena and on trial in the hearts and minds of those who don't know Him. And, He is often on trial in the hearts and minds of those who do acknowledge Him. WE do this by deciding whether or not to truly allow Jesus the position He deserves in our daily lives, not just on Sundays or holydays, and to be the focal point in our lives as He has been in history. In some ways, we sit in judgment just as Pilate did when he asked; "what shall I do then with Jesus who is called the Christ?" We also have to decide what we're going to do with Jesus, Messiah! When we come to Easter Sunday is it about the "pageantry" of the day, or is it about Jesus resurrection and the fact that He is who He says He is and deserves more than us just showing up.
From the whatever it's worth department...