What Are You Doing Today?
Easter is at hand. All this week, most of you have been preparing for your Easter celebration. Those preparations vary depending on the things you have planned, the significance of the spiritual aspects your family will observe, and the number of family and friends that will be sharing the day with you in your home.
The Easter holiday is the very heart of our faith. Gathering with those we love as family and having them with us as we gather in the presence of our LORD in church has happened for 2018 years now. What a Sunday morning it was when women arrived at a tomb very early to anoint the marred body of our Lord Jesus who had been brutally crucified. Because of the Sabbath’s arrival at sundown on Friday evening, the time was rushed to do the usual things to prepare Jesus for burial. The extensive time of washing, wrapping more fully, and applying various fragrant spices like myrrh and aloes was going to be done that Sunday morning.
What a glorious shock when they arrived at the tomb in the shadows of dawn’s first light, they were stunned to see the heavy stone (two tons or more) moved away from the entry. Rather than finding the body of their dear friend, Jesus, they were met by an angel…radiant, awesome, regal, and commanding.
“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here. He is risen!”.
With those words, the Christian faith was established. Jesus antagonists had charged Him with blasphemy. They were furious because of His popularity with the masses. And, their anger boiled with His prophetic claims. Jesus attacked religion head-on and cast out the extortion and abuse of common folks that came to the temple to worship. Sadly, the religious leaders bilked them of their money and made a trip to the temple totally about business in the name of religion.
13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
18 The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”
19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”
20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.
The One the world rejected is the Son of God, our Savior, the Lamb of God, the Chief Cornerstone! This Sunday, Christians will gather globally in their various communities to worship the One who conquered sin, death, the grave, and “religion”! The glorious reason we celebrate is that Jesus is alive forevermore to offer a viable, eternal relationship to all who believe in Him! Hope to see you and your family in church this Easter for the 2018th annual recognition of a Sunday morning’s glorious announcement centuries ago, “HE IS RISEN”!