Jesus said in John 11:25-26 “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.” He also promised in John 14:3 “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you may also be where I am.” (New International Version)
What does the Cross of Jesus Christ mean to you? That’s a great question, not because I asked it, but because your answer to that question will determine where you will spend your eternity. Pretty strong statement, right?
In two days, we will celebrate Easter. For countless numbers of people, the day will simply mean Easter egg hunts, new clothes, going to church to satisfy your two yearly obligations to God (the other being Christmas) visiting and eating with family and simply relaxing and enjoying the day. Sunday, April 16 will be just another day for many. A holiday and nothing more. But to the other group of people, this Sunday will not be a “holiday” — it will be a “Holy” day.
We celebrate this day as the day that Jesus was resurrected from the grave. It is the day where He had the final victory over death, hell and the grave and for the Believer, it is a most awesome day of the year, because without the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, there would be no eternal life and without eternal life, we would all be lost and on our way to a devil’s hell. Satan, death, hell and the grave have been decisively defeated, and because Jesus rose from the grave, we know, by His example, that there is life after the grave and that if we belong to Him (trusted Him and accepted Him as our Savior) we need not fear death or hell.
How hopeless it is, whether people know it or not, to not believe in Jesus Christ. I don’t mean to believe with your head (brain). Not to believe like we believe that George Washington was the first President of the United States. We believe that to be a fact, but none of us were there to witness it, so we believe it because others have written about it — it’s called history. Likewise, many people have written about Jesus and His life and His death, burial and resurrection. It too is called his story. The disciples wrote about it. Josephus, a secular historian wrote about it and if you check it out, all of history correlates to the life of Jesus and proves to us, those who want to believe, that Jesus actually did live, was crucified, buried and was raised from the dead on the third day.
How hopeless our lives would be if Jesus had not been resurrected. Every cemetery and every gravesite would be a mute witness to the futility and despair of human life. If this is all to life, we have nothing to look forward too. But Jesus rose from the dead and hundreds became witness to His resurrection. (I. Corinthians 15:1-8) What a glorious hope we have because Jesus is alive. I hope you will give consideration to the real reason of Easter this Sunday and maybe check out Crossroads Community Church where you will hear the “rest of the story.”
And that is Something to Think About for this week.
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Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at [email protected], www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.