Did you ever notice that as Christians we talk a lot more about the death of Jesus Christ more than his resurrection? Granted, the atonement, the voluntary death of the perfect Son of God on the cross was and is the ultimate sacrifice for all our sins and rightfully should be thought of, spoke about and worshiped consistently, but without the resurrection we celebrate on Easter, where would we be?
Nowhere. We would be the walking dead living an aimless life with no hope on the way to our inevitable damnation, because without Christ rising from the dead there would no life to look forward to, no goal, no meaning nor purpose, no hope! But because Christ rose from the dead His sacrifice means so much more, that is why Easter is the holiest day of the year and the reason for so much celebration!
So I ask you, while you celebrate Easter this year will you take at least a couple moments with the group of people you are celebrating with to thank God for giving us this hope through Jesus Christ...And may I ask you, and the group you are celebrating with, to come up with one way that each of you or as a group you can offer that hope to someone who does not have it directly or through the ministry of Centenary UMC.
Is there anything more important as Christians and members and friends of Centenary UMC we could give God on Easter than that? So, in addition to the baskets of candy, the decorated eggs and the wonderful food we give each other on Easter, let's remember the gift of eternal life Christ has given us, and use this Easter holiday as an opportunity to pass on the gift hope and eternal life to someone else in need of it.