Study Scriptures:  John 13; John 14 

Introduction:

Today, we begin a seven-day series to take a look at what the real story of Easter is all about.  Is it about candy, colored eggs, Easter bunnies, and family dinners…or is there something more to this Easter story?  As a kid I enjoyed the hunting for Easter eggs, and of course the glorious Easter basket full of candy and other goodies.  However, once I began to understand the things of God I began to realize that we have commercialized this Holiday much like Christmas to the point that we lose focus about what Easter is all about, and it really has nothing to do with eggs, bunnies, candy, baskets, family dinners, or anything else.  What it is all about is the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and what’s really lost in all the commercialization of this Holiday is that the very hope and assurance that Christians have is linked to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  Because, beloved, if Jesus Christ never rose from the dead there would be no hope for any of us.  The Resurrection is just as important as the Cross, and with out Jesus being raised from the dead there isn’t any hope for us.  Christianity as we know it without a living God is futile, and there’s no hope for any of us.  So, while all the fun and festivities are nice…let’s not forget just how important to Christianity the Resurrection really is…and that IT is the real reason we celebrate Easter.

Today’s Message:

As with all of our messages, we really rely upon the YouVersion Bible App for our messages, and I guess I’ll take an opportunity to give them a supportive plug to say that if you don’t have their mobile application on your phone…you should get it.  It’s free of charge, and it’s a very handy tool.  Although nothing takes the place of reading the Bible it is a very good tool for all Christians to add to their phones…because we should never…ever be without our weapon.  So, with that out-of-the-way, let’s get into this message.

This passage illustrates one of the key purposes for Jesus’ life on earth, to be a human example of how God wants us to live. Jesus said, “Do as I do.” The most incredible part of this command is that it comes with an offer of the power to live it out. Jesus doesn’t just ask us to try to live like the Son of God out of our own strength – His resurrection gave us access to His strength. Today, meditate on the example Christ left for us. What does washing feet look like in your own relationships and circumstances? How can you serve others in this most basic way like Jesus did for His friends?  – Commentary from YouVersion

As I mentioned in the introduction the resurrection is a key part to all of Christianity, and I dare say again that without it we are all (pardon my language) screwed.  If Jesus never really rose from the dead than the entire Bible is false.  That’s right.  The resurrection is that critical to the entire Bible.  The Cross is a very significant part of what we believe, and teach.  It wasn’t actually on the Cross that Christ laid down His will for that of His Father’s (we see that in the Garden of Gethsemane, but the significance of the Cross is that’s where all of sin, sickness, disease, and curses were defeated and put to death.  The resurrection is where the good stuff happens because that’s where Jesus defeated death, hell, the grave, and took back the authority that Adam and Eve gave to satan. 

This is the real reason we celebrate Easter.  In fact, most churches Christian or not will commonly refer to it as Resurrection Sunday.  Because this is the third day following His death and burial.  See, there’s an important piece here.  Death, burial AND Resurrection…these are the key parts to what we…as Christians believe, preach, and teach.

So, as we continue to talk through Passion Week, and we look at why this is so much more than Easter bunnies, eggs, and baskets…let’s take a moment to really think about why this day is so important.  Let’s remember that there is a spiritual meaning behind Easter, and actually one that is absolutely critical to why we have any hope at all that one day we too will be resurrected.

Conclusion:

I’m not going to answer the questions.  I’m going to leave that to you.  I want you to reflect upon what we’re reading.  I want you to interact with this study, and I want you to understand what it is about Resurrection Sunday that is so vital to who and what we are and believe.  I hope you’ll enjoy this series, and tell your friends about it.

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.” (1 Corinthians 16:23-24)

Blessing & Grace to you
Bryan J. Kizer