The hype, celebration, musical and drama presentations, high attendance records, novelty of new clothes, and family photos have already faded. Few even remember what we wore or sang yesterday. Much worse, few even noticed the horrific events in Lahore, Pakistan. I wonder sometimes if even God’s people haven’t missed the point of Easter Sunday. Every Sunday. That Sunday.
The point is not nice music and nice clothes and nice candy and nice drama and nice meals and nice children sitting nicely for a nice church service in a nice building. The point is an event that validated the radical claims of Jesus Christ. And this event gave hope to the Christian women and children whose lives ended abruptly yesterday.
A man named Jesus said he was God’s Son; said he could forgive sin; said he was the exclusive way to the Father; said he was the resurrection and the life and that whoever believes in him, though he die, yet shall he live; and he based all of his incredible claims on one incredulous event — an event that hadn’t even happened yet — his own crucifixion and bodily resurrection.
And just as Jesus said he would, he walked out of a sealed and guarded tomb never to die again. And he offers eternal life to all who believe. Then he said, “Go and make disciples of all nations.” He was extremely clear in his command.
But as long as we remain fixated on what we wear, how many attend our gathering, or whether we sang all the good old resurrection hymns or all the new modern ones we will continue to miss the point. And we have missed the point. We miss it nearly every week.
As the original disciples were in need of Jesus’ loving correction so are we in need of his rebuke. God, help us be teachable! Help us clothe ourselves with humility. Help us to image your holiness, grace, and love. “He rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.’”
How are we doing at making disciples? We make observations, critiques, accusations, and castles of comfort, but have we made followers of the risen Christ?