Easter is always special, but this year it seems a bit more so, does it not?
Do you remember where you were and what you were doing last year at this time? Most of us were holed up in our homes after having our normal existence rudely interrupted by Covid-19. I was literally recording our Easter message alone in my basement, and then blessed to have my immediate family with me on Easter Sunday.
But many worshipped (or didn't worship) totally alone last Easter.
Easter, of course, for Christians, is more accurately called Resurrection Sunday. I do not think it is an exaggeration to say - now that we have learned so much more about Covid, developed and gotten access to vaccinations, and developed better therapeutics - that our society is actually experiencing a form of resurrection this Easter. I, for one, am grateful. And as it becomes safer and safer, and hope becomes more fully realized, I think everyone understands what I'm talking about.
But do you understand what we are talking about when we speak of the Resurrection of Jesus?
One of the many provocative questions that Jesus asked his followers was, "Do you understand what I have done for you?" (John 13:12)
The resurrection of Jesus stands as the most significant event of his life. His birth was important, of course. His life and teachings were too. And his death, well, it is incomparably important.
But the reality is, without the resurrection, those other events would not be the world-changing, life-giving events that they are. Without the resurrection, the life of Jesus would probably not be all that notable, let alone the single most consequential event in human history.
Do you understand what Jesus has done for you in the resurrection?
Listen, if Jesus has done for you what the Bible says he has done for you, then Jesus is the most spectacular thing that has ever happened.
May God open the eyes of our heart to see and understand what he has done for us.