I’ve spent several weeks thinking about Jesus’ Passion, the sufferings of Christ.
At first glance, the events of Passion week seemed to be a horrible injustice. Jesus appeared to have suffered a setback, too great to overcome. But I declare, even though the enemy meant His suffering for evil, God meant it for GOOD! And today, we look back and describe it as GOOD Friday.
What appeared to be a setback was only a setup for His comeback! By faith, I believe that’s true for us.
In a few years, with a different view, we’ll look back and understand. Even though we have temporarily forsaken assembling ourselves, what the enemy meant for evil, God turned it around for good. What we thought was a setback was only a setup for a glorious comeback, and His Church is moving forward in resurrection power.
Ever since His Easter Sunday Comeback, the resurrection power of Jesus Christ has been the life-pulse of the Church. He later told John, “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore” (1:18a).
Why is this so important? Because the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most essential truth of Christianity. Without this Bible fact, we are all liars, and your faith is in vain.
It was the driving point of the Church in Acts. Take a reading from Peter’s message to the household of Cornelius to understand the importance. Click here to read Acts 10:34-43.
I heard about a woman who was driving along the Scenic Highway. She came upon a man crying on the side of the road. She pulled over and asked the man what was wrong. He said, “I feel terrible. I accidentally ran over the Easter Bunny and killed it. There might not be an Easter because of me. What are we gonna do?!” She told him, “don’t you worry, I know what to do.” She went to her car and pulled out a can. She walked over to the Bunny and emptied the spray can on the furry Bunny. Miraculously, the Bunny came to back life, jumped up, picked up the spilled eggs and candy, waved bye to the humans, and hopped on down the road. 50 yards away, the Bunny stopped, turned around, and waved. He hopped on down the road another 50 yards, turned around, and waved again. He kept doing it until he was out of sight. The man was amazed. He said to the woman, “What in heaven’s name was in that spray can?” She turned the can around so he could read the label. It said: Hair spray – Restores life to dead hair – Adds permanent wave.
Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids. That was just my silly way of reminding you that Easter isn’t about a Bunny or eggs or candy. It’s okay to have a little harmless fun with those things, but Jesus is the reason for Easter Sunday. The Bunny didn’t leave the splendor of Heaven and die for your sins! The Bunny didn’t rise from the grave for your new life, but Jesus did!
An empty tomb is there to prove our Savior lives. The angel told Mary on that first Easter morning, “He is not here; for He is risen, as He said” (Matt. 28:6). Jesus rose from the dead for you, and that’s a fact!
One of these Sundays soon, we’ll come back and assemble together. But that’s just a minor blip on the future radar. The next great event that Christians have to look forward to is the comeback of Jesus Christ for His Church.
I believe He’s coming back like He saidRusty Goodman
I believe that the trumpets gonna sound so loud one day it’ll wake the dead
In the twinkling of an eye
He’ll split the Eastern sky
And I believe He’s coming back like He said
I believe the time is nearing
Well soon see His appearing
This could be the hour
Oh this could be the day
When the saints from every nation
Will lose their gravitation…
But what if before we come back to on-campus meetings, He comes back for you? One day Jesus is going to call your name! Are you ready to die the death of the righteous?
Click here and learn what it means to be a Christian and get ready for Christ’s Comeback for you.