This past Sunday was Easter. It was a beautiful celebration for so many, with Easter egg hunts, bunnies, and possibly the cross as well. After Easter, what are we left with? Today I was contemplating this and re-reading an email from a friend and was struck with this truth.
Matthew 28:5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye; for I know that ye seek Jesus, who hath been crucified. 6 He is not here; for he is risen, even as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly and tell his disciples, He is risen from the dead; and lo, he goeth before you into Galilee; there you shall see him; lo, I have told you.
See, Matthew is telling us that the angel told the women that Jesus rose from the dead. This is the whole reason we celebrate Easter and why it is so important to our Christian faith. If Jesus hadn’t raised from the dead, he would not have defeated death and Satan, thus no Christians, as was God’s plan.
The part I have not truly grasped until this Easter, was this next statement in verse 7, “Go quickly and tell”. Do we sit on the knowledge that Jesus died for us, but we do not want to push our beliefs on anyone else? To tell you the truth, my belief is that we, as Christians need to look, act, BE so different that people want to know where this peace comes from. THEN we have earned the right to tell them about Jesus and what He has personally done for us and can do for them as well. We need the Holy Spirit to give us wisdom and discernment what to say and when.
In our politically correct world of today, I do see the danger that this can be construed as, “hitting people over the head with the Bible”. I am not saying this, I am saying, telling others what we have personally experienced and seen God do in our lives can not be argued with. It is truth!
My point for today is this: How will you move forward after Easter this year? Are you brave enough to go and tell what Christ has personally done for YOU?