Post date: Mar 28, 2018 6:1:44 PM
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Christ is not risen. April fools! Jesus is still in the grave. April fools! There is no hope for you. April fools. I know, these are bad April fools’ jokes and, of course, completely false. Christ is risen! The grave is empty! We too, live with God now and for eternity!
One can’t help but notice that Easter Sunday, the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus, falls on April 1st this year: April Fools’ Day. Bad jokes aside, we can definitely say that Almighty God pulls off the greatest April Fools’ joke of all on death and the devil by raising Jesus the Son to new and everlasting life.
The Apostle Paul writes this in 1 Corinthians 15:20-22. “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ.”
We celebrate Easter Day, the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus on Sunday, April 1st. On Resurrection Day we pull out all the stops and celebrate with trumpets and choir and great music and lilies and banners and resurrection scriptures and a message and the Lord’s Supper and even Easter breakfast. This is as it should be on the big day.
But the resurrection of Jesus, the event which changed human history forever, is far too good of news to be confined to one day. So Eastertide, the season of Easter, lasts a full 7 weeks: a week of weeks: 49 days: right up until Pentecost. And of course, every Sunday is really a “little Easter”: a little celebration of our Savior Jesus’ resurrection from death to life.
Christ is risen! The grave of Jesus is empty! Death is defeated! We too shall live with God now and for eternity. And that’s no April Fools!
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!