For Christians, Easter and the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead should be much more than a religious holiday or even a sacred observance. It should impact the way we live, just like the American Revolution of 1776 has impacted the way North Americans have lived on this continent ever since. How should the resurrection change us?
1. We should believe. The resurrection is the whole basis for Christianity. At its core, Christianity is not a set of rules and regulations about how we can work our way into God’s good graces. Christianity is simply believing that Jesus is the Son of God, that he died on the cross and rose again, and that by believing we have forgiveness and eternal life. If you haven’t done that yet, you can make a decision to place your trust in Jesus.
2. We should rejoice. Luke records that after the resurrection the followers of Jesus rejoiced, and why not? Jesus literally conquered death and the grave! What more could his enemies do? Jesus proved once and for all that he was the son of God, and what could the Jews or the Romans do to threaten Christians? Kill them? Jesus had literally just risen from the dead! The grave has no power over us. If you believe in Jesus, every single day should be a day to rejoice, because God is still on His throne, the tomb is still empty, and no matter what you’re going through, at the end of it all, those who believe spend eternity with our Savior in heaven. Can I get an ‘amen’ somebody?
3. We should change the world. Look at what the followers of Jesus did after Jesus’ resurrection: they went out and changed the course of human history. Within a few hundred years this group of religious outcasts with this fantastic claim about a resurrected rabbi became the dominant religion in the Roman Empire, shaping all of western civilization. The resurrection of Jesus is still changing the world, that’s why our driving passion should be to make a difference. in the lives of others for Jesus.