By Pastor Andrew
He said it again.
I mentioned in my Easter message how my youngest son asked if he could have a Birthday more than once a year. Well, after a fantastic Easter day gathering with our church family in the morning and friends and family in the afternoon, my son asked the same question. “Papa, can we have Easter again tomorrow?” This time my answer was different though, I said, ‘Yes!’ Easter is different than a Birthday. Sure we celebrate it once a year but the promises that came with Jesus resurrection began on that day but they continue to this day.
Have you ever thought that real and lasting fulfillment (happiness, contentment) is waiting on the backside of some sort of accomplishment but once you got there it wasn’t? I’m raising my hand here. I’ve thought this hundreds of times about a job, relationship, or personal accomplishment. As we talked about on Easter Sunday, the world offers lots of promises of fulfillment but they all fail.
Jesus resurrection was both a finished work and an everlasting one. When he took our sin on himself and died, it lost all of its power over our lives. It could no longer separate us from God. It was finished. Now there is a new way for all of humanity, made possible by Jesus forgiveness of our sin. When Jesus rose from the dead he made this way known in the most dramatic way possible and on the backside of the resurrection is the promise of a fulfilled life. This promise is true and it lasts forever!
So celebrate Easter again today, and tomorrow. When you wrestle with sin, celebrate Easter because sin no longer has power of your eternity. When you look for fulfillment apart from Jesus and are let down once again, come back and celebrate Easter and be reminded of Jesus finished work. Easter is every day!
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
1 Peter 1:3-5