Happy Easter – Happy Resurrection Sunday. For us, this is really the big holiday, the great celebration. Jesus is risen and everything is changed. But I think it might be useful to remember who “we” are.
I watched Bill O’Reilly last night and he had a program about faith and recent attacks on people of faith. Yes, I am a person of faith. I believe in God. But that puts me in the same category as Christians, Jews, Muslims and many who don’t know who they are. Certainly there is a recent attack on people who believe in God from those who don’t. The nonbelievers think that science has the answers for every question and those who believe in God aren’t very smart. So all of us who believe in God stand united.
But more than believe in God, I trust in God. I don’t just know He exists, but I trust His word as the final authority. I believe He is creator and sets rules for humanity and still intervenes in the lives of people. That puts me in a subset of believers in God. But that subset also includes folks who aren’t even Christians.
But more than believe in God and trust in Him, I trust in Jesus. I believe He is God and He is the ONLY way. This group is much more restrictive. It includes only Christians and, EXCLUDES many who call themselves Christians but are satisfied with a theology that says Jesus is A way and not the ONLY way. I can’t go with that.
But more than believe in God and trust in Him and trust in Jesus and believe He is God and He is the ONLY way, I am a follower of Christ. That makes me a real minority. That doesn’t mean I’m perfect, in fact, it confirms I know I’m not. It doesn’t mean I don’t drift from the path, because I certainly do. It means I am more than a fan. I don’t just believe that Jesus is great and the only way, but that I am called and created to follow Him and in that following is the only real way to joy. He doesn’t promise an easy path, but a hard road. He doesn’t promise riches now, but blessings forever. He doesn’t promise we will rule here, but that after serving here we will rule there with Him. It is in that small group that I am delighted that today is Easter. It is in that small group that I celebrate.
Happy Easter. Happy Resurrection Sunday. Be more than a believer and more than a truster. Come and follow Him.