No matter who you, what you have done or what you have been, your heavenly father wants to have a relationship with you. That is what Easter is all about.
And even though God loves us just the way we are, he loves us too much to leave us there.
On Easter Sunday, we celebrate the foundation of the Christian faith, the resurrection of Jesus Christ. There are billions of people all over the world who are preparing to celebrate a Jewish carpenter who lived about 2,000 years ago.
His public ministry lasted about three years. He never traveled more than about 30 miles from home. He never wrote a book, posted a blog, hosted a podcast or TV show. And yet, millions of people from all over the world have dedicated their lives to following Jesus.
Jesus didn’t attempt to start a revolution. He never threatened the foundation of social order. He wasn’t trying to do away with any of the Jewish laws or traditions. He simply spoke of a kingdom that was not of this world and invited people to be a part of it.
The problem with Jesus’ message was that it was all about Jesus. That is just one of the things that set him apart from everybody else.
He never asked his followers to trust in his ideas. Jesus instructed his followers to put their trust in him. Nobody had ever done anything like that before or since.
One day, Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?”
In Matthew 16:16, we see Peter’s response: “You are the Christ, the son of the living God.” Jesus didn’t disagree. In fact, he told Peter he was right.
What if Jesus asked you this all-important question? What if he looked you in the eye and said, “Who do you say that I am?” How would you respond?
Would you say Jesus was a good man or a great teacher? Or would you say he is the son of God? The savior of the world? Could you say he is your personal savior? I hope so.
The resurrection is what validates everything that Jesus said. I hope you will give careful consideration to his teaching. I hope you will think about the significance of the resurrection. I am convinced a relationship with Jesus will make your life better.
I also believe a relationship with him will make you better at life. Just some things to consider as you think about the significance of Easter.
Steve Greene is the lead pastor of The Point in Seymour. Read his blog at pastorgreene.wordpress.com or email him at [email protected] tothepoint.com. Send comments to [email protected].