This weekend, I’ve been asked to reflect on what Christ’s resurrection means to me. In short, the resurrection means hope — and it changes everything. (More to come on that.) But if you want to understand Easter, you need to start with Christ’s true character.
Before the resurrection we celebrate on Easter means anything, we have to know who Jesus really was. Bono says it well, but I still think C.S. Lewis said it best in his classic book, Mere Christianity:
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
Let’s get real here. Jesus Christ was either who He said he was, completely insane, or a demon from the pit of hell.
I believe he was more than a prophet, more than a rabbi, more than a kind, humble, moral teacher. I believe with all my heart that Jesus was the Son of God. And because of that belief in Him, and my understanding of His perfect sacrifice for my sin… the only response is to make Him Lord of my life.
It’s been a perfect Easter. We started the day with glorious trumpet-infused worship featuring Mike’s brass quintet. We hosted our first Easter Dinner, and we even made a few special Daniel Plan exceptions for the Holiday. (It’s just not Easter without a piece of my Mom’s famous carrot cake. Real sugar, real cream cheese… gracious, it was intense.) The kids enjoyed an Easter egg hunt and dove deep into Bella’s Essentials Easter Basket. We even got in a nap!
But the best part about today was the palatable presence of The Holy Spirit, moving in and through us — inviting us to rejoice once again in Christ’s triumph over sin, hell and death.
The resurrection was just the beginning. God’s Kingdom is coming — and we’re invited to be part of the breakthrough.