If you're like me you probably wonder at times if this Christianity stuff is worth it ... is it worth the time, energy, effort, money, emotion, etc? At times it seems the more we put in the less we get out. Is it even all true? Is it just a big hoax made up pacify man's need for hope?
But then I remember Easter ... the day we specifically remember the historical resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. I remember that the Apostle Paul said that if Jesus didn't rise from the dead then this is all just a waste of time and we are to be pitied more than anyone else in the world. (see 1 Cor 15) But on the flip side, if Jesus DID actually rise from the dead then everything changes ... my time, energy, effort, money, emotion, etc. Christianity isn't just a program of morality, ethics, or successful living; it's not just how we're to structure our marriages and raise our children; it's not just a means of personal fulfillment; it's not even just a strategy to make the world a better place. Christianity rises and falls on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. What you do with this historical truth determines your life!
But even with this in mind, Christianity isn't just a doctrine based on historical evidence. It's about the person who is at the focal point of all this history ... Jesus Christ. Do you know Him? Have you met Him? If you haven't then you'll remain fearful, powerless, and hidden. But once you actually do meet Him your life CANNOT be the same.
This Easter Sunday at Community we will be examining this idea as we look at Matthew 27:62 - 28:9; 18-20. We will focus on the disciples and what was going on with them during this time. We will also refer to John 20:19-29 so block out some time over the next few days to read these passages and ask the Lord to prepare your heart for the Gospel. Remember that worship start at 10:00 am that morning instead of the regular 9:30 time.
Also, don't forget the Sunrise Service at 7:00 am at the Moody Park Pavilion. Start your day with a special time of reflection on the historical resurrection of Jesus Christ.