POINTS TO PONDER

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Of all the events in the life of Christ, there are three which have impacted the world more than anything else He did. They are the day He was born, the day He died, and the day He rose from the dead.

Christmas – the day He was born in a manger, has been commercialized into a secular event that is celebrated around the world by even non-Christian countries. After all, their years are numbered from the time He came to earth.

Crucifixion – the day He died on the cross, is better known as Good Friday. Only in the most Christianized societies is His death imitated, some even being nailed to a cross for their own sins.

Easter – the day He rose from the dead. While this is the Sunday when most churches experience record attendance, this special day has morphed into a hunt for Easter Eggs laid by a mythical Easter Bunny. Here in the United States, from the 1880s through the 1950s, New York’s Easter parade was one of the leading cultural events for Easter.

But how important is it for Christian to stop and celebrate this most significant day in the history of Christianity. The Apostle Paul said it most emphatically: “For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ must still be dead. And if he is still dead, then all our preaching is useless and your trust in God is empty, worthless, hopeless; and we apostles are all liars because we have said that God raised Christ from the grave, and of course that isn’t true if the dead do not come back to life again. If they don’t, then Christ is still dead, and you are very foolish to keep on trusting God to save you, and you are still under condemnation for your sins; in that case, all Christians who have died are lost!1

What the Apostle didn’t say, but what he would wholeheartedly agree to is this: Think about it, if there had been no resurrection of Jesus, Easter would be gone, Sunday would be just another work day, there would be no Christmas holiday, and Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Ascension Sunday, Pentecost Sunday, and no churches, no salvation, no heaven, and no everlasting life. That’s how important Resurrection Sunday should be to all of us. – Dr. Robert R Seyda

1 1 Corinthians 15:13-18, Living Bible

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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