It is undeniable that America is in a post-Christian Era. The culture of death and darkness is everywhere. I truly believe the lack of preaching on the single most important event in history has created a vacuum for evil to flourish and death to prevail.
When eternal life is unoffered, uncelebrated, and relatively unknown, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ diminished to a mere annual holiday, overtaken by pagan ritual, the power of the resurrection becomes unknown and untapped.
Target, Walmart, Macy’s, and Hallmark are not to blame for the commercialization of the most powerful event in all human history, this is Christianity’s doing. For they are the arbiters of this most important truth, not department stores!
The sad thing about what this Sunday has become in many churches across America is summed up in one word, “powerless.” Matter of fact, the title Resurrection Day has been replaced with the title ‘Easter Sunday.” The Gospel replaced with Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies, colorful baskets, pastel dresses, and shiny shoes.
It’s not the world offering Easter egg hunts. No, it’s thousands and thousands of churches.
In their minds, it’s the ends justifying the means. A marketing strategy, if you will.
However, I see no such market strategies in the Bible, by either prophet or apostle, preacher or evangelist.
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even if he dies, and the one who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the central theme of The Gospel!
For Christianity to impact the world and chase the demons and devils of death back onto the shadows, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ must once again become the central theme of The Gospel.
Immediately prior to Jesus’s crucifixion, he appeared as a failure; deserted by his closest followers, deceived by one of his disciples, and rejected by his own people that he came to save. Silent before his accusers, no one spoke on his behalf.
His Father let him suffer a naked and terrible death on a cross. He was buried in a borrowed tomb, which was carefully guarded by nearly a dozen Roman soldiers. He certainly was despised and rejected.
Yet, Christianity finds its roots in the single and most important act:
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“…and if Christ has not been raised from death, then we have nothing to preach and you have nothing to believe.” – 1 Corinthians 15:14
It is the power of Christ’s resurrection, which should both compel and propel churches and not budgets, charismatic preachers, or in-vogue programs, pageants, and parades.
“The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all.” – Acts 4:33
The focus of a Church living from the roots and foundation of the resurrected Lord of Life is to seek and save the lost rather than a mausoleum of inactive Christians.
To the early Christians and First Century Church, the Resurrection was their main message. For us today its become an annual holiday.
“I want to know Him inside and out. I want to experience the power of His resurrection and join in His suffering, shaped by His death, so that I may arrive safely at the resurrection from the dead.” – Philippians 3:10-11
If you want a vibrant and alive Church, preach the Resurrection of Christ throughout the year.
If you want a dead church, stay with your religious tips and tricks, and keep following those mainstream, so-called Christian fads and fashions. You may get your numbers and budgets, but you’ll have no real spiritual power.
Without real spiritual power, you’ll have no real spiritual fruit.
The Church was founded and propelled by an Outlaw, and today, the Church is held back by its bylaws.
Get back to the message of Resurrection, and not just on once a year on “Easter” Morning.
Preach powerfully the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing will be upon you all.
The greatest critic and deniers of the resurrection of Christ are not disbelievers and atheists, but those who refuse to preach and live it.
True spiritual success still comes from the most powerful event in all human history…
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“Do you believe this?”
If you did, you’d be full of life and full of power, and no worldly or spiritual force could stop your message.
Tap into it and live it and gain true spiritual power, power the Lost and the Broken are waiting for.