I love that Easter is in the spring time. Every spring is a reminder of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. After the long cold and dark winter, the sun stays out longer, buds appear on the trees, flowers emerge from the ground, life appears. The grass turns green overnight. It’s a resurrection of nature.
But Easter isn’t about flowers. It’s not about eggs or family meals either. Easter is much more. It’s about Jesus being raised from the dead. The resurrection of Christ is a miracle – a supernatural event. We can’t explain it. Some refer to his resurrection as spiritual and not physical. But that is a contradiction of what the Bible teaches. The Apostle Paul said that if Christ was not raised then we are still in our sins and our faith is in vain. As we shall see in today’s sermon, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the foundation of our faith.
For a number of months now we have been studying the Gospel of Luke. I synchronized our series to find us in Luke 24 today as we celebrate the resurrection. What a joy it is to know we don’t celebrate a coffined Christ for he is alive, seated at the Father’s right hand in heaven. As we begin our service this morning, I will do the customary greeting – He is risen! I invite you as the congregation to respond in unison – He is risen indeed!