Acts 10:34-43 (NIV)
Earlier in the week, I was looking out of my window at work, and I saw that the church across the freeway, had decorations being placed on the roof. Now the first thing I saw was a big ol’ beautiful Easter egg. And another one. And another one. Then, the last thing they mounted was an Easter bunny. Really cute. Really big. But I kept thinking, something’s wrong with this picture. I looked around to the side of the church, then to the grounds below. But I didn’t find what I was looking for. There was no cross. Now, I have nothing against the Easter bunny. I enjoy Easter eggs. Lord knows I love chocolate candy. But there is no Easter without the cross.
Praise the Lord! It’s Resurrection Sunday! I know you have your ham or turkey in the oven; the greens are cooked; the pies are ready – but there’s only one reason for this holy day -- Christ is risen as he said. That’s the claim that we support. That’s the bottom line difference in what we believe as Christians and everybody else. Many folk profess a belief in God. A supreme being. A higher power. Most religions promote kindness and honesty and generosity. Most religions can agree that you shouldn’t steal, or lie, or murder. But we who believe in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – we believe that Jesus Christ, the only begotten son of God, was crucified, dead, and buried. Here it is y’all…and on the third day, he arose from the dead, and sits on the right hand of God the Father – right now. Can I get a witness?
That’s why, when we wear our religious jewelry, when we wear the cross – its empty. There’s no body on it. See, that was the sad day. It was Good Friday, but it was a sad day, when Jesus hung on the cross. But today’s a glad day. It’s a time of rejoicing. Because when I survey the wondrous cross, Jesus is no longer there. When we look to where He was buried, Jesus is no longer there. Therefore, the cross becom ...
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