What if Jesus was not in your life?
What would your life be like without Jesus?
What would you being doing with your life?
How would you live?
Take a moment and try to answer those questions...
I wonder what the 11 disciples experienced between the last verse of Matt 27 and the first verse of Matt 28.
"So, they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard."
"After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb."
What did the disciples experience on the day between the death of Jesus and the day of Jesus' resurrection?
The man whom they had heard preach the best, life enhancing sermons is no longer alive teaching them.
The man whom they had lived with, served and traveled for the past three years is no longer with them, he is dead and in a tomb.
The man whom they had put their entire lives in His hands is dead.
The man whom they had seen heal the sick, calm the storms, walk on water, cast out demons, forgive sins, raise dead people was dead himself.
The man whom they had put all their future plans in, is gone and so are all of their plans.
Shock, sadness, despair, confusion, purposelessness, depression, loneliness might be a few words to describe life without Jesus; without the resurrected Jesus.
Did you take time to think what your life would be like without Jesus?
Were you able to describe someone totally different than who you really are? Maybe or maybe not.
Maybe you are thinking your life would not be very different if Jesus had not raised from the dead. That is a frightening thought. How is your life different because Jesus rose from the dead? Do any of the far from Jesus people in your life know that Jesus' resurrection has changed your life?
My life would be totally different. Not to have my sin forgiven? Not to be able to forgive someone else? Not to have a new identity and having to seek to prove myself to everyone and most of all to myself? Not to be content with who I am and what I have and what I have accomplished? I could go on and on and on.
Overwhelmingly grateful for Jesus' life, death and resurrection being at the core of my life. How about you?
Seeking to ask everyone I encounter this week, how are you going to celebrate Easter and what does Easter mean to you?
Pastor Chris Reinertson enjoys all sports, especially those involving a ball. He loves to hang out with people and challenge them to be Jesus REVolutionizers.