I know, hopeless cause. But look at that picture. I just wonder what Christ’s disciples would have thought of the church allowing itself to become so off-focus that, somehow, colorful high-fructose corn syrup had become the center of Christianity’s most important tenet: the resurrection. You know, the resurrection? It is one of the key elements that separates true Christianity from all other religions–the leaders of all other religions died, and are still dead. Not so with Jesus Christ. He died on the cross, rose from the dead three days later, and sits at the right hand of God the Father waiting to return to judge the living and dead in order to give then their eternal rewards.
But many reduce the resurrection of the Second Person of the Trinity to colored candy and rabbits.
Some try to excuse the introduction of painted eggs and fluffy bunnies with, “Well, it is about the newness of life.” Right.
It is about newness of life, but the symbols given to those of us in Christ have nothing to do with candy eggs or rapidly reproducing rabbits. The two symbols are the God-given sacraments of baptism and the LORD’s Supper. The LORD’s Supper should always be before us, every LORD’s Day, because it reminds us of Christ’s death. And that leads us to the resurrection, every LORD’s Day.
The LORD’s Supper also reminds us of our union with Christ when we believe in Him for our salvation. The Apostle Paul put it this way: Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life (Romans 6:3-4).
These are great spiritual truths that Christians have been given about Christ’s death, and yet this passage only scratches the surface. Paul also goes on to show that if we are baptized into His death, then certainly we are also baptized into His resurrection.
For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
We see here the wonderful realities for those in Christ. We have been given a real hope and promise in the resurrection of Christ. We have been given the present reality of newness of life, that of being truly born again from above. Our old man has been crucified. AND, the big one, we are no longer slaves to sin. This slavery that Paul refers to is the worst kind of slavery because the non-believer is in bondage to sin, and is so blind to that bondage that he fails to recognize the slavery he is under. In fact, his blindness is such that it leads the unconverted to believe that his bondage is actually freedom. But it’s the worst kind of bondage, a bondage that leads to eternal damnation.
These are just some of the truths of the resurrection and the reason it should be celebrated every LORD’s Day, not just once a year.
Satan, or the marketing industry, if you will, has craftily moved our eyes off the wonderful truths of the resurrection and deluded us into preferring colorful candy, fancy dresses, and fluffy bunnies. And many so dutifully fall for it year after year.
You can see the proof of this every time Easter is celebrated. Women, wearing new dresses show up to church (their first visit since Christmas), dragging their husbands along, with the children who are all dressed in colorful clothes, waiting for their colorful candy to sedate them from boredom. They don’t really talk about the resurrection and the implications of the event. They don’t want to hear about the death that led to it, and the reasons for that death. They don’t want to think about death itself and how we all face death. They want to think about happy colors, and joyful thoughts, and get their kids tanked up on high-fructose corn syrup, the opiate of the candy industry. After all, what does the death of Christ really have to do with Easter when we have new dresses to buy, hidden eggs to find, and lunch plans to make at the best restaurant on Easter Sunday?
Well, actually, nothing at all. This is why I like to refer to this particular Sunday as Resurrection Sunday, instead of Easter. It keeps the focus where the focus belongs, on the resurrection. I also like to celebrate the resurrection every Sunday, and why the Church has historically worshipped the LORD on the first day of the week. After all, the resurrection did mean something in the early days of the church. But you would be hard pressed to find that meaning in the minds of most Americans. The only meaning they have for the day, can be found on the aisles of their local Walmart, selling for $2 to $3 a bag.