by Gray Graham
I have always wondered why people are kind of hands off when it comes to Easter. Easter Sunday for most churches is the day where there will be more people at the church than any other time of the year. If you go to a megachurch I am sure all of the days services will be packed. Everyone is going to ooooooooo and awwwwwwww over the kid’s Easter program, but will the message of the life of Jesus really be delivered?
It is hard being a Christian today in the United States. Just the very word Christian conjures up so many different emotions in people that you are liable to be in a heated debate before you take a breath. It’s even worse on the internet as folks from all sides dial in on the name Jesus.
Now you might find this hard to believe but the idea of the name Jesus upsetting people was something I could not have dreamed about growing up. Not saying that I grew up around nothing but saints that had glowing halos over their heads, but everyone believed that you did not play with God. Didn’t matter if you had the faith of Abraham or not you did not try the power of God.
And that is probably the thing that has changed most in our society. People have no fear of God. They do not appreciate the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. People casually say that Jesus died for our sins but do people actually think about what that really means?
I often talk about how people don’t believe they commit sins anymore. People not only freeing sin, but they proudly tell you what their sins are. I suspect that there is a book out there that is an edited Bible that has removed all the sins from it so there is no longer anything that would be called a sin.
You may laugh but I see it every day. In fact I would say that most Christians today spend more time trying to rewrite the Bible to erase their sins, than they spend time asking for forgiveness for their sins. This is strange to me because God will forgive us for our sins if we confess them with an open heart yet many refuse to acknowledge that they have sinned in the first place.
So I guess it is no wonder that many people are moved to speak out about Jesus during Easter. To do so would mean that we have to face our own sins and acknowledge that a price had to be paid for us to have a chance at salvation. It is by the grace and love of God that covers our every breath.
I know that businesses are trying to Santaclausafy Easter complete with the mascot of the Easter Bunny and the exchanging of gifts. They even got the count down until Easter going in many stores. All of this just adds to the weight of serving God and following Jesus.
Acknowledging that we have sinned and asking for forgiveness is showing Jesus that we not only are grateful for his sacrifice but we understand what that sacrifice means. Maybe it is just the sadness of Jesus being crucified that brings people down. Maybe we are just scattered like his disciples shocked that anyone would do this to the Messiah.
Whatever the reason we need to always remember that Jesus Christ is our savior and that we should be messengers of the love of God. Not just during Easter but all year.
We must understand that we are not saved or “good” by anything that we do but only by the grace of God. You can’t do anything to earn that grace and we definitely do not deserve that grace. It is something that is given to those that believe in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. This testimony has been lost by our society but it is one that followers of Jesus need to share.