An estimated 103.4 million people watched the 2018 Super Bowl take place which revealed the prominence it has in many homes throughout America. This is a staggering amount of people all watching the same thing around the same time, yet I hate to break it to you; this is still not the greatest thing, even since sliced bread. The greatest event that has taken place throughout history took place over 2,000 years ago when Jesus Christ, who suffered and died, though he did nothing deserving of death, conquered the enemies of death and sin by rising again to life. Why? He did it for us. “For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV).
As Christians this is the main event which points to an even greater event when Christ returns. This is the news that is worth sharing. This is the news that is worth dying for, which many have done in our church history. Yes, Easter is here again, but don’t lose sight of what we as Christians are celebrating. The apostle Paul wrote, “‘Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:54-57 ESV). We have victory over sin and death because Jesus is our victorious King who conquered both sin and death through His death and resurrection. The tomb is empty, and Jesus is alive! This changes everything!
How This Changes Everything?
First, it changes us and how we view and confess our sin. Sin is seriousness. Your sin is serious. My sin is serious. But, the greatness of God’s grace for the forgiveness of your sin is even greater (1 John 1:9). We reflect that our sin which Jesus gave his life for is against God and Christ is the only one who lived sinless and perfect and was able to pay for our sin. We can confess our sin, and because of Christ’s sacrificial death, our sin is covered and God can forgive our sin.
Second, it changes how we live. The Resurrection of Christ changes the purpose in how we live. Jesus told the disciples and us to go make disciples and to teach them all that they observed (Matthew 28:19). This being real, it changes how we live based on what we do, why we do it, and what we say. We see true purpose in life by living and sharing about the Resurrection. As a Christian you have the answer for true hope and that is in Jesus. I must ask myself daily, am I living this reality out? Are you? Jesus is alive!