Archive for April 5th, 2010

Resurection Sunday

April 5, 2010

People around the world celebrated Easter yesterday.  For some it is a fun celebration of the coming spring, with new outfits, easter egg hunts, candy, and family gatherings.  For others, it is an important religious holiday, where the resurrection of Jesus is celebrated.  For many, it is a combination of the two.

Many of you are familiar with the phrase, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”  as a reference to discovering the crucial starting point.  I would like to remind everyone that you could not have the resurrection, without first having the crucifixion.

It is at the crucifixion of Jesus that the sins of the world are paid for by Jesus.  “He paid a debt he did not owe, I owed a debt I could not pay”.  There is a tendency to want to celebrate the good without recognizing the cost.

This idea is carried over into our lives.  We want the benefits of salvation, without “picking up our cross’ in terms of discipleship and service.  We want the “abundant life” without the “tests and trials of our faith’.

It goes further into society.  We want success in sports, or business, without the work and sacrifice.  We want the benefits of a happy marriage, without working out, and through, the various interpersonal conflicts that can occur.

We want the reward without the cost.

Life doesn’t work that way.