There was this popular holiday yesterday that I call Resurrection Sunday. Most people call it Easter but I don’t like that. When people say Easter I think of bunnies and eggs, which is derived from a pagan fertility holiday. When I say Resurrection Day I think of Jesus coming out of the tomb. This is what the day is all about.
Have you ever read through the book of Acts? If so, I recommend you read it through (or listen) all in one sitting (or standing). There are two main persecutors Paul faced: the Jewish Christians and the regular Jews. The Jewish Christians were more concerned with converting the gentiles to Judaism before they were Christians. On the other hand, the regular Jews presented a much bigger problem. Every time Paul, or one of the other disciples gave their testimony, everything went well until they proclaimed the resurrection of Jesus. It was this simple fact that caused so much persecution on the early church and what ultimately led to many deaths.
So, my question to you is, is the resurrection important to you? If not, then it should be. I want you to read this passage from 1 Corinthians 15:12-19:
“Now if Christ is being preached as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is futile and your faith is empty. Also, we are found to be false witnesses about God, because we have testified against God that he raised Christ from the dead, when in reality he did not raise him, if indeed the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is useless; you are still in your sins. Furthermore, those who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished. For if only in this life we have hope in Christ, we should be pitied more than anyone.”
In other words, if Jesus was not raised from the dead there is no point in being a Christian. It’s the power of the resurrection that gives us an opportunity to live eternally with Jesus not Him dying on the cross. This power is freely given to us to live a Christian life and boldly proclaim the gospel. The resurrection is the greatest and most important event in Jesus’ ministry. Are you living a resurrected life?
On a side note, I am connected to a young adult group started through Twitter called Unashamed Impact. Today, the group will start reading the Bible in 90 days. The whole Bible, not just the New Testament. This a challenge but I’m up to it. I plan on doing it with my wife in the afternoons and I know it will transform our lives. I challenge you to do this as well. Live a resurrected life and resurrect committed Bible reading in your life.
To find out more about Unashamed Impact be sure to check out the web site: unashamedimpact.com