CTPress March 30-April 12, 2018

I am always amazed by Easter. It is so vastly different than Christmas.

Christmas has this huge build-up, and even non-Christians get focused on traditions of the season. Most of our culture comes to a screeching halt on Christmas Eve(ning) and Christmas. You can’t shop, few stores are open, and faith or not, people are celebrating the holiday.

Easter is different. Of course, there is the secular celebration, focused on a benevolent bunny, but by and large, Easter barely registers in our culture. Life goes on pretty much the same as it does any other day. There may be a special brunch, lunch, or dinner, but by and large, the world barely skips a beat.

In some respects, that’s a good thing. While the mountaintop high of the resurrection morn is preferable to anything this world offers us, we are called to take the resurrection into the world and to help people discover the hope that is found only in Christ Jesus.

After Jesus fed the crowd in John 6, a crowd of people starts following him. Jesus steals away at one point, and the crowd frantically looks for him. He responds to their concern, saying, “You are seeking me not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.” In other words, they sought Jesus because of what he did for them.

I wonder if its possible that for many people, Christmas is a time to receive. So, we give it much more attention, we give it far more leeway. Easter demands we do something with the cross and resurrection. Easter demands we consider that our sin separates us from God, and our only hope for salvation is in Jesus Christ who died for us and then was raised to life.

As we gather around the crucifixion and resurrection this weekend, I encourage all who read this to focus on what difference the resurrection will make on Monday, and on the days and weeks ahead. What difference will the resurrection make for your life?

[Christ] is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.  – Colossians 1:18-20

Pastor John