The Resurrection of Jesus Christ, along with the death of Jesus on the cross, is the cornerstone of our faith. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:14, “And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.” He adds in v. 17, “And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!’To Paul and the early Christians, the resurrection of Jesus Christ was not only a miracle, it was the essential foundation for all that we as Christians believe, preach and look forward to. Consequently, this is a time to rejoice, to celebrate, to give thanks, and share with others the news about the most wonderful event in the history of our world.
There are a few times each year when even the most spiritually unconcerned pay attention to the idea that God exists or that He can make a positive change in their lives. This is one of those times. During the resurrection season people are more open to spiritual invitations and conversations. Before Jesus ascended to heaven, He commissioned the disciples to go into all the world preaching the good news of Jesus. What better news is there than the resurrection of Jesus Christ, that makes a way for us where there was no way and gives us hope in a seemingly hopeless world!
As present day Christians we have the very same commission. And so, in celebration of the resurrection, let us go out into our neighborhoods, our work places, our communities and share an invitation to the Resurrected One. Starting tonight and extending into Sunday we have several worship services at Sligo Church that provide the perfect opportunity to invite a friend or neighbor to church. Perhaps a seed will be planted, a conversation started, or a soul restored.