He is risen! Many of us celebrate Easter by going to church, having a dinner with family and friends, maybe an easter egg hunt or easter baskets for the kids. But how many of us really stop to think what Easter really means? I mean even beyond the fact that Jesus rose from the dead? Listen to what the Apostle Paul has to say about the Resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15
"And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable."
Wow, did you hear what he said? Without the resurrection, not only is our faith futile, but we as Christians are to be most pitiable. No wonder the world makes fun of Christians. They don't believe in the Resurrection, therefore they think we are crazy and should be pitied.
The Resurrection is everything. It is the Grand Finale of Jesus' trip to Earth. If Jesus had not risen from the dead, then He wouldn't have been the messiah, the savior, and his death would have been in vain. Because He lives, so will His followers. Paul goes on to say further down in 1 Cor. 15 something I find amusing. He says "If the dead are not raised, Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die." In other words, Party down! You've got nothing to lose. Nothing matters but self, but your own pleasure if there is no ressurection because either way, you're lost, without hope in a dying body and a dying world. (sounds like the way most people in the world live?)
Let me end on a happy note (since it's Easter) What will our Ressurection bodies be like? Do you think that when you get to heaven, you'll be like a spirit floating around on a cloud playing a harp? Sounds boring to me. Let's look at Jesus' Resurrection body as our example because the Bible says we will be like Him.
Jesus had a real, touchable, physical body
Jesus was recognizable
Jesus could eat ( cool, huh?)
Jesus could communicate and relate to others
Jesus could appear and disappear at will
Jesus could ascend into heaven
Let's add what Paul says about our new bodies (Also in 1 Corinthians 15)
Our bodies will be powerful, spiritual, glorious and immortal
I don't know about you but the older I get, the more wonderful this new body sounds to me!
Have a blessed Easter, everyone!