It was Christmas about three months ago. Here, in the West, we love Christmas. I mean…we LOOOOOVE Christmas! Trees, lights, presents galore! We have special music that dominates the radio waves for like two whole months!!! And then there’s cookies…
But here’s the deal…
Christmas, in the Christian faith, is not really that big of a deal. I know. You think I’m a heretic. It’s alright. But the story of Christmas and the birth of Christ takes up a seriously small portion of scripture. If we removed all the pages about the birth of Christ, it would probably go unnoticed.
But if we removed all the pages of scripture that talk about the Resurrection…our entire theology would fall apart.
In the last century, we made baby Jesus and heaven the goal of Christianity. That’s a rather lame reason for Christ to come and die a humiliating, wretched death. Heaven is not the “goal”. Resurrection and transformation are the “goal”. God came and dwelt among us so that we would experience renewal, hope, freedom, and intimacy with Him.
In less than a week, we will gather and celebrate the most important experience of the Christian faith. We will celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. I hope you will plan to gather with other believers and celebrate. Celebrate that God is making all things new, and experience freedom and hope that is found in Christ alone!
He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!