“What I am anxious to see in Christian believers is a beautiful paradox. I want to see in them the joy of finding God while at the same time they are blessedly pursuing Him. I want to see in them the great joy of having God yet always wanting Him.” A. W. Tozer

Sermon #63: To Christians, Easter means Life

The Easter holiday is a time for celebration the world over. 

Both Christians and non-Christians celebrate it, but for different reasons and in different ways. Some even use the holiday for celebrations that provoke God to anger.

But for Christians, this is a time of reflection, of reliving the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. In it we should be able to see a miracle of miracles. 

What Jesus did was not done for its own sake. As He went through the pain and suffering, the only thing that made Him go on was us, you and me, the reason for His mission.

But what, in practical terms, does Easter mean? 

Look at this: "Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life." - Romans 6:1-7 (NIV)

Jesus went through all this that I too may live a new life; that you too may do the same. Glory to God! Doesn't this break you? Doesn't this make you love Him more? He did it for us; imagine. Have you ever gone ten percent of this extent for somebody? This really gets me thinking!

We have this life in us, thanks be to Jesus. But we might not be living it. It's one thing to have the life, and another to live it, just like it is one thing to have a gun, and another to fire it. 

Jesus went to the cross and God raised Him from the dead so that we too may live a new life. Check how you live; make sure the way you live reflects the life you got from Him. Otherwise Easter would not mean much to you. 

We celebrate Easter by living the new life; only by doing so do we show how grateful we are for the suffering that our Lord went through for us... having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through [our] faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead." - Colossians 2:12 (NIV)

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