JESUS IS RISEN
You and I sung about that at church this past weekend. We read Scriptures about that to. We wore our Easter best to worship (some to show their new outfits) to celebrate the Resurrection.
1. Now What?
Beyond any doubts for we Christians, Easter is the most important day on our calendar.
On Sunday Morning, Jesus got up after being dead since Friday and walked out of the tomb in which he had been laid. Jesus put death in its place. Jesus showed who had the ultimate authority and it was not death, not the grave, but Him alone.
2. Is that all there is to Easter? Just one day of celebration?
No! after the resurrection, Jesus told His followers that He had all the authority in heaven and on earth. He told them that the world had no power over Him. Because of His authority, Jesus told His followers to “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Friends, Jesus commands His followers (you and I) to serve others.
1. To put others first.
2. To help the sick
3. To help the poor
4. To speak for the hopeless.
Jesus’ command is dangerous. It’s the type of command that could lead to a person getting fired from their job, or to be rejected by their friends (or so called friends) or even ostracized by family.
3. Easter Day has passed. Is that all there is?
No, NO, No, not if we follow His command to “Follow Him.”
That’s what we are to do, not only on Easter Sunday, but everyday until He returns for us.
And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Take up your cross daily: Although Jesus offered salvation as a free gift (John 1:12; 3:16-18, Ephesians 2:8-9). He also warned that following Him would entail suffering and hardship (Matthew 5:10-12, Matthew 25:34-40, Romans 8:17; 2 Thessalonians 1:5).
For every person who chooses the faithfully serve the Lord, even at the cost of temporary suffering in this world, Jesus has promised eternal life (Matthew 5:10-12, John 1:11-12, John 3:15-17, Romans 8:14-18, Rev. 3:5;10-12)