Delivery Day • The Resurrection
Jill Osmon | Assistant to the Lead Pastor
“He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”
Growing up in church, Easter was always a big deal. We always got new outfits, always looked really nice that Sunday, and the chocolate bunny was always an added bonus! I knew it was more than all of those things, but as a kid, who self-admittedly was very sheltered, the depth of what Easter was did not land in my mind.
As an adult, the weight of what Easter is, what we celebrate and recognize, should be humbling, it should be something that gives us hope and joy while understanding the sacrifice. Unfortunately, I find myself focusing on everything but that. I worry about events, about family, about clothes, and a slew of other well-intentioned things that are not important when compared to the resurrection. I am sure you have things that you focus on during this time of year that seem less important when you begin to remember what we celebrate this time of year. So I guess what I should say is what Easter should mean to me, how should Easter shape how I live my life.
Because of the foundational importance of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, I think we sometimes complicate it more than it is. Josh McDowell says it best, “Few people seem to realize that the resurrection of Jesus is the cornerstone to a worldview that provides the perspective to all of life.” Everything that we do should be through the purview of the resurrection. Acts 4:33 says, “And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.” God will give us grace; He will give us strength and hope and joy, all that we need to live a life that brings Him glory.
I am a pretty steady person; not much can knock me off the course I believe God has for me. I am not easily swayed, not easily emotionally manipulated, and not much can unsteady me. I wish I could say that steadiness is always based on the foundation of God and His goodness, but a lot of the time it is based on my strength, my work, and that fails 100% of the time. Charles Stanley says, “There is only one secure foundation: a genuine, deep relationship with Jesus Christ, which will carry you through any and all turmoil. No matter what storms are raging all around, you’ll stand firm if you stand on His love.”
That is what Easter means to me; it is that which I strive to have my life completely and assuredly attached. The resurrection, it is where our hope and joy comes from because without the resurrection our faith has no foundation. I love this quote, “No matter how devastating our struggles, disappointments, and troubles are, they are only temporary. No matter what happens to you, no matter the depth of tragedy or pain you face, no matter how death stalks you and your loved ones, the Resurrection promises you a future of immeasurable good” (Josh McDowell).
So this year let us challenge ourselves to realign where our foundation lies, that our hope and our joy comes from the one place that can always promise immeasurable goodness, that is Jesus.