BY LENARD HUEBSCHER
The question is asked, "Why do Christians make a big deal about Easter?"
The answer is found in I Corinthians 15: "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and He was buried. And He arose again the third day according to the Scriptures; and He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve…"
The corner stone of the Christian faith rests on the fact that Jesus Christ was God in human flesh and that he died for our sins and rose again the third day.
Think of what it would be like if we went to bed some night knowing that the sun would not rise again the next morning. Think of the coldness, the unending darkness and the inescapable fingers of death that would gradually move across the earth. Plants would wither, flowers would wilt, trees would die and all of life would perish for lack of sunlight.
But praise God the sun rises every day. Its warm, life-giving light floods the earth. The "death" of a sunset each day is followed by the "resurrection" of a sunrise the next day – and our hope is renewed. Every morning the rays of the sun remind us that the long night of sin and darkness will give way to eternal day in heaven.
Even more sure than the rising of the morning sun is the certainty of our resurrection in Jesus Christ. The dark night of death came upon Him, and His lifeless body lay in the tomb. But He arose. And in His resurrection is the promise of our own resurrection to life. The apostle Paul declares, "Even so in Christ all shall be made alive." (I Corinthians 15:22).
The next time you see the sun rise and watch its rays brighten the morning sky, let hope fill your heart. It is a reminder of your own sure resurrection.
If you have a Bible question write to Pastor Lenard Huebscher, Grace Baptist Church 12721 -75th Street North, Stillwater MN 55082 or call (651) 430-3132. www.stillwaterbaptist.net