Another Easter has come and gone. Bible back on the shelf, and pastels in the hamper. The “Chreaster” christian cliche is a pretty common one. Usually the congregation triples on Christmas and Easter. My wife and I sat in our usual spot this morning (because baptists jokingly have assigned seating). I looked around with a happy heart, noticing our sanctuary was filled with unfamiliar faces, as well as familiar ones. I wondered who they were. I wondered if they were believers. I wondered if they would be back.
Fighting the initial self-righteous and judgmental thoughts , I began to pray that the Holy Spirit would turn their hearts to Him and reveal truth in the sermon. If you’re a believer, would you take 5 minutes to pray for those who attended your church as well?
We usually refer to this day as Superbowl Sunday for Christians. Resurrection Sunday and the week leading up to it, we remember the atoning work that Christ accomplished on the cross, reconciling His people to the Father (Romans 5). We remember that Jesus overcame sin and death, and was raised from the grave (1 Corinthians 15) We remember that He ascended to the right hand of the Father, and He is returning for His elect (Ephesians 1, Matthew 24).
I don’t know about you, but I was overwhelmed with the truth of the gospel this morning. I felt like I was worshipping at the feet of the King. “Church was good” would be such an understatement. Why is every service not like this? Why do I go through the motions the rest of the year? The truth of the gospel was just as true last Sunday as it was this morning. It is true every day until I stand face to face with Jesus. What is different about today?
Monday Is Coming
As we wake up and start our work-week, lets remember the same truth that set us free the previous day. Lets fall on our faces each day in order to seek the will of Christ. Let’s not let the busyness of our lives break the fellowship we have with Jesus. He is still Risen. He is still King. That is a truth to remember every day, not just Easter.
Grace and Peace.