In the wake of all of the difficult questions, an important question about what Easter and the resurrection really mean is relative to people in 2012. In a simple application, it is the power to experience spiritual change. Think about the fact that God can take one act of depravity that is so horrific that it defies human understanding and use it to give the potential to create spiritual change to transform existence. That hope is the basis of potential that Christians have today.
Instead of of focusing all of the energy that we do on what is wrong with the world, Easter’s celebration of the resurrection is a reminder of how God can make things right even when everything seems wrong. So, why not focus on hope and not on despair? Why not place our energy on what can be done instead of what cannot be done? Why not narrow our focus to the single purpose of God in Christ at Easter?
Think about this: Easter is about a fundamental change that made possible through the death and resurrection of Christ. Easter recalls the process change through death and life that God uses to process to change in us. Therefore, when we commit our lives to Christ, that’s the initial turning point toward change. When someone becomes a Christian, there is a spiritual change that is created by faith in Christ and the believer becomes a new person inside. Indeed, they are not the same anymore because a new life has begun.” What happens? It is like starting over with a new ability to live. That is why the Bible calls it being born again. Born again does not mean reincarnation, it just means you get a new start in the old shell that you lived in everyday. It is starting over and having a new life! It is not turning over a new leaf, like Adam and Eve, you get a new life. Easter reminds Christians that there is a new lifetime, lifelong process.
Think about Romans 12:2 “Don’t let the world squeeze you into it’s mold but let God remake you so that your whole attitude of mind is changed.” You know that it is easy to get into a rut, live on the treadmill of life, and follow the routine rat race of existence. Many people live by the mythology that says, “I cannot change, I’ve tried to change, or I used will power, but I just cannot change and I will never be able to change”. If you believe that, you are exactly right. You cannot change in your own. Easter reminds Christians that change is possible with God’s power working through your life. In the Easter season, the message of the cross and the tomb is crystallized in the moment of resurrection. The reminder still rings today, “I want to take your greatest weakness and turn it into your strength”.
- Christians in City observing Holy week, Good Friday and Easter (panvelpost.wordpress.com)
- The True Meaning of Easter (halcyonsoulcenter.wordpress.com)
- Christians Worldwide Prepare for Easter (voanews.com)
- It’s Easter! Now’s the time to spring ahead in your life – The Seattle Times (seattletimes.com)
- -Re: Easter and The Resurrection of Jesus Christ (answersforthefaith.com)
- Easter Sunday: Resurrection (altruistico.wordpress.com)