For true Believers and true Christ followers – today is a very special day! Resurrection Day / Easter is a day that began a monumental change in the course of the world. Resurrection Sunday and the empty tomb proved to the early world that Jesus Christ of Nazereth was not merely a religious fanatic nor was He a mere “fad” as political and religious leaders mistook Him to be. 2000 years later, He still makes a beautiful, wonderful, amazing and unquestionable difference in the live’s of millions!
But there is great irony today. While today, for Christians, marks the greatest day in the history of the world, it is also another “holiday” of sorts. Today is April Fool’s Day. For some, the fact that April Fools Day would share the same day as Easter, is whimsicle coincidence. For those who do not live according to the teachings of Christ Jesus, today might be just another day of fun, jesting, and joking. For others, who do indeed live according to the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ, today is ironic for another reason.
For Christians, on the one hand, Resurrection Sunday, Easter Sunday, is the greatest day of the year because it marks the day that God’s Son, Jesus of Nazereth rose from the grave; victorious over death! On the other hand, it is a day of sadness because so many have yet to come out of the darkness into “His marvelous light”. The same Bible that teaches “for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotton Son … and that whoever believes in Him would not perish but have eternal life” also says “To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt. They have done abominable works. There is none who does good.'” Psalm 14:1
Yes, true Christians are saddened that so many have yet to come to faith in Christ. We pray that Resurrection Sunday, above all Sundays, would be the day they do so. Add to the mix that Christians are ever singing “this world is not my home, I’m just a passin’ through” and you have a picture, to some, that Christians are a disenfranchised, disheartened lot opining for some other time and place. While there is some eschatological truth of a better time and a better place, Christains find joy and peace while waiting. The Scripture says, “One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks. For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.” Romans 14:5-9
Thank you Jesus, that today’s sad irony for some, can become a day of hope, peace, joy, renewing and cleansing. Thank you Jesus, that for many, today can be the day of a new birth – everlasting life! Please let it be so!!