Easter Sunday

When It’s Hard to Believe

If something is worth believing, it’s worth questioning. Now, what I mean by that is this: don’t let your questions about Christianity slip away unanswered. There’s a good chance that some of you are not convinced about the the resurrection. You have your doubts. You have your questions. And one way of dealing with that is to…well not deal with that. And simply let your doubts and questions turn into cynicism. Another way of dealing with your doubts is to wrestle with them and look for answers.

 By the same token, if you call yourself a believer, you might have your doubts. And one way of dealing with them is to settle for pat answers or emotional experiences. But to not wrestle with our doubts can easily lead to a set of beliefs that is detached from the everyday struggle of faith. And when our beliefs are loosely held, they can easily crumble the day life’s struggles hit hard. And so whether you a skeptic or a believer, or somewhere in between - to wrestle with our doubts is the most responsible thing we can do. If something is worth believing, it’s worth questioning. And the reason why that is so important to consider on a day like today, is the fact that if the resurrection of Jesus Christ  actually happened (and I believe it did!) - then that truth changes everything.

 The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the greatest miracle of all time. In 1 Corinthians 15 the Apostle Paul calls says its of first importance. The fact that Jesus literally, physically, rose three days after being in the tomb is a guarantee of live beyond the grave for us. It is a witness to the ultimate power God has over life and death. It is the validation of everything Jesus claimed to be - the Messiah, the Son of God. It proves that God has accepted Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf. You see, everything about the Christian faith rests on whether or not Jesus rose from the dead. The resurrection is a dividing line, so to speak.