Posted by: augsburgland | March 30, 2010

No Easter? No Chance!

But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep…1 Corinthians 15:20.

Many years ago it snowed on Easter Sunday in Atlantic City, New Jersey, rare in that part of the country for Easter. The result was that they could not hold the traditional Easter parade on the boardwalk. Because they didn’t have the “traditional Easter” that year, the local community suffered financial loss.

Have you ever stopped to consider what it would be like if we Christians didn’t have our traditional Easter? It certainly wouldn’t be a financial disaster– not from a Christian standpoint. But it would be a great tragedy. For Christians, Easter is more than a holiday, more than a special Sunday, it is really the high point of the year.

That’s really what Paul is saying in this 15th chapter of 1 Corinthians. If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile, you are still in your sins, Paul wrote. Then he added, But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead.

Because Jesus Christ did indeed physically rise from the dead as he said he would, we know his words are truth. As a result we can trust when he tells us he has the answers to life’s problems, that he comforts in time of trouble, that he answers our prayers. Most importantly, we are assured that our sins are forgiven and that things are right between us and God. Because of that, we who believe in Him will also rise to eternal life in heaven and live with the Lord forever.

Since Easter is such an important celebration, we invite you to join in on one of our special Easter worship services on April 4th. Rejoice in the promise of eternal life given you by the victorious Jesus Christ, and invite someone to come with you. Share the promise with a friend or relative because Jesus lives!

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