From the Word
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Easter is the most attended day of worship in the world. Christian churches, on average, have 230% of their normal worship attendance. The idea of attending worship on Easter is not exactly a radical idea. Thus the thought of inviting someone to attend Easter worship shouldn’t be either. If our goal is to put people in contact with God’s grace, what better time to invite them than on the greatest day of the church year.
Eastertime is also a great time for telling people the message of Jesus. We don’t need to look around for something to use to help us explain new life in Jesus. The example is happening all around us. The seeds that were dead all winter have been brought to life with beauty and vitality. The whole earth proclaims the resurrection of Jesus.
It also proclaims life in Jesus. We, who were dead in sin, have been made alive by faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection. We have new life in Him. That new life is lived by faith in Him. He has freed us from the guilt and shame of sin by bearing them on the cross; killing them once and for all. We are sustained in this life by His assurance that He is resurrection and life.
Our life in Him is eternal in heaven. By His death and resurrection, He has transformed our death into the gate to eternal life with Him in heaven. He will return to raise our bodies, and take us, body and soul, into the glory He has prepared for us. The earth that is springing to life gives us the opportunity to share the wonders of the Gospel in this Easter season. Let us confess and share, “Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!