Holy week is always one of the most important weeks on the Christian calendar. The week is filled with many special events including the annual Easter Cantata at NDC on Good Friday evening. My week was thrown a curve when I was asked to officiate 2 funerals this week in addition to my usual responsibilities. As I was putting the funeral messages together I was struck by the fact that the resurrection of Christ definitely changes the funeral preparations for the person who has trusted Christ as Savior. Because of Christ’s own resurrection I can declare with confidence that this life isn’t all there is.
In Paul’s day there was some who were teaching that the resurrection didn’t matter. Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians didn’t mix words in responding to that teaching when he writes, “Now if Christ is preached, that He has raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. Moreover, we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we witnessed against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised” (15:12-15 NASB). Paul could have testified that Christ was raised because he had seen the resurrected Christ. I too, can testify that Christ is raised because I have seen His resurrection power working in and through my life.
As we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection this coming Sunday let us do so with joy and gladness and the assurance that this life isn’t all there is. 2012 was a difficult year of pain, sorrow and sadness for many of us. As we get older each year will increase the likely of separation by death from our loved ones. But if Jesus is in their lives that separation isn’t permanent, it’s only temporary. I’ve read the end of book, because Jesus paid it all and He rose from the dead, we (believers in Christ) WIN! Have a glorious time worshipping the living Savior this Sunday. He’s still moving and working in our world. Bow down and worship the risen Lord of the universe.
Christ is risen!
Pastor Rich Sivo