At Easter time, pastor asks, 'Got church?'
As the song chorus goes, "He a-rose! He a-rose! Hal-le-lu-jah! Christ a-rose! Amen."
To believers, and or followers of Christ around the world — every Easter or as some know it, Resurrection Sunday, is one of ... if not, the most important celebration in Christian history.
The secular world would have us believe that Easter is all about the bunny, chocolate candy, gifts, and the brief search for decorated colored eggs to bring us happiness. Not to be out done, there's also the task of going out to buy a new uncomfortable outfit for the day's fun-filled activities.
All throughout his-story (history), prophesy was fulfilled step by step according to God's plan. Even today, most still wonder and are in search of life's important question: Why on earth am I here? What's my purpose in life?
Truth: we are here to worship and praise him, we note in Luke 19:29-41, as Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. The scripture speaks about the crowds breaking out in spontaneous praise at the sight of Jesus. The crowd, great in number came from all over for the Passover feast.
John 12:13 speaks about the crowd taking palm branches with them as they went out to meet Jesus. They shouted out, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the king of Israel!" Why did they praise him? Was it because they knew or heard of his miraculous power?
He certainly performed a number of miracles. A number of people might say, "Yeah, I would believe in Jesus if I could see or witness a miracle."
Jesus says, "We are blessed if we can believe without seeing." Listen, we have all the proof we need; it's found in his word and in the testimony of believers.
Jesus knew; he knew all along his Father's plan. In obedience, not his will, but of his Father's, he carried out his mission. Why did he come? He came not to condemn the world, but to save us.
The Pharisees could not have the crowd following him because of their jealousy, so they planned to stop him. At an illegal trial, Jesus was beaten, despised and condemned to be crucified. He bore the sins of the world so that we could be saved.
Jesus knew and told his disciples what was going to happen. He also told them that he would rise again after three days. And he did. By and through it all, Jesus paid it all.
Yes, Easter is a time of celebration for restoration, reconciliation, and eternal life. Psalm 118:25-26 reads, "O Lord, save us; O Lord, grant us success. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord."
Do you receive it? Do you want his hand of blessing over your life? How bad do you want it? What are you waiting for? Seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be open. Got church?