Scripture: Genesis 3:1-7, John 20:1-20
Easter is upon us and I am amazed at how every year so many people come to celebrate Easter at our church. Even though Easter is known as a day where families make an effort to get together, I find it odd that Easter is the most attended Sunday of the year. The reason I find it odd is because this is a day where we are celebrating Jesus coming back from the dead. Jesus gets executed and then, 36 hours later, he’s back up walking around.
Research polls suggest that out of all the things that happened in Jesus’ life, this particular event, Jesus’ resurrection, is what people doubt the most in the Christian faith. It is estimated that this number will only increase as the years go by. This is because we live in a society where our thinking has been heavily influenced by the scientific method. We’ve grown up in a world where things are testable. If I throw something up in the air, unless there’s a rocket attached to it, it’s going to come back down. Gravity, it’s testable. If my heart stops beating and no one bothers to resuscitate me, then I’m going to die. It’s medically verifiable: no heartbeat means no life.
Yes, there are some instances when people die for short periods of time and come back, but with Jesus we are talking about coming back to life after being dead for 36 hours or more. No one in human history has ever claimed to have done that besides him. More importantly, unless someone creates a time machine, this claim is not testable or verifiable. So for the modern person, this particular story is becoming harder and harder to accept as true, and yet, Easter is still the largest attended Sunday service out of the entire year.
I think the reason why Easter remains such an important celebration in people’s lives is because there is clearly something about this story that rings true to the people who come to hear it. And that’s what we are going to explore this Sunday: why are people willing to come back year after year to hear the story of Jesus’ resurrection?
I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday and may your weekend be filled with love, laughter, and happiness as you celebrate the day of the resurrection of our Lord!