1 Corinthians 15:17, 20
When you think of Christian holidays which one do you think is being the most important? I think hands down most people would have to say Christmas is the number one Christian holiday.
It’s so big because the stores spend months preparing for it. The kids get two weeks off in school. In fact, it’s even a national holiday, lot of time, money, and attention is focused on Christmas. That compared to the second most popular Christian holiday, that at Easter, we’d say that’s probably a far second.
Yes, we do put on our nice church clothes and we enjoy the eggs and the candy and going to church that day, but not that much of the focus is placed on it when compared to Christmas. So how important is Easter?
To get the answer to that question we have to know what Easter is all about. It’s really all about Jesus rising from the dead. Why is that important? Apostle Paul writes in First Corinthians Chapter 15.
And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.
He’s telling us that if Jesus hasn’t risen from the dead then everything that he said about the forgiveness of your sins and eternal salvation it all was in lie. But the Apostle Paul goes on just a few verses later to say this:
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
The truth is the tomb was empty and that’s the reason we celebrate on Easter it’s because Jesus rose from the dead. Shows his power over death and when he says “because I live you also shall live” that is true.
And also he tells us that he’s come to be our Savior and forgive our sins that also is true. The Bible’s message is true because Christ has risen from the dead. It’s the proof. The first fruits prove for us.
Instead of pitting Christmas verses Easter let us see how they’re both important and especially appreciate Easter because it gives us the proof and evidence that Jesus is our Savior from sin and our certain hope of resurrection from the dead. Amen.