Recently, I learned that a few Christians are concerned that this year’s Easter Sunday falls on the exact date that is traditionally known as April fools’ day. One even suggested that maybe we should celebrate Easter on another Sunday.
We can chalk that suggestion up to a need for more maturity. Here’s why we would never, ever do such a thing. Easter Sunday is not like any of this world’s holidays. Instead, Resurrection Sunday is among the highest and holiest of days on our Christian calendar. It is fixed and settled.
April fools’ day, on the other hand, is not all that important. You can skip it altogether, and there will be no impact on your Christian life. Not observing the custom of setting aside a day for the playing of harmless pranks upon others is perfectly acceptable.
Though I tend to appreciate the occasional small prank or joke, I can tell you that doing it on the first day of April doesn’t add to the significance of punniness. Any day of any month is somewhat acceptable to have a chuckle, laugh, and make a funny. Most of us could use a few more belly laughs and smiles.
The real joke is on the fools of this world. They try to lie to themselves and say that there is no God. The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God” (see Psalm 14:1).
The real joke is on the rulers of this age. Demonic principalities unwittingly participated in the most potent and perplexing joke of all time. They did not comprehend the mystery of God in the flesh and the Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world. Hell did not have a grasp of Heaven’s prophetic foretelling of Christ’s resurrection. Had they known “they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (see 1 Corinthians 2:6-8).
On that first resurrection morning, all of Hell must have felt horribly ill – not even to mention what took place during the time from which Christ laid down His life and took it up again (see John 10:18).
Jesus made a show of them openly. He “disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it” (see Colossians 2:15).
The jokes on you Satan! The One whom you helped mankind to crucify is alive. With the victory over death, hell, and the grave, He is the only One who can say, “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore” (see Revelation 1:18).
So go to the Empty Tomb and see that it is indeed empty. Hear the message once again, “He is not here; for He is risen” (see Matthew 28:6) – just like He said He would!
Come on and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. Jesus has risen indeed, and His power is the only force in the world that can raise you too.
We’ve all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. But Jesus specializes in taking dead sinners and raising them to newness of life. By His grace, you can be born again and live for the One that died for you.
Jesus says to you today, “Because I live, you shall live also” (see John 14:19).
Perhaps this Fool’s Day holiday should always be celebrated on holy Resurrection Sunday. After all, because of Jesus’ Resurrection, Satan was proved to be the biggest fool of all eternity.
The devil’s destiny was to be duped by the power of God unto salvation. But you don’t have to be pranked. Don’t be the devil’s fool. Believe in the Gospel today.