Easter is over but I decided to write about it anyway.
You’re probably thinking I’m only doing that because I have serious issues with procrastination. You’re thinking that I meant to write about Easter a couple of weeks ago but kept putting if off.
The truth is, you’re partially correct. In any case, I now wish to use my procrastination to make a legitimate point about the gospel. Easter of course is largely about chocolate eggs and a large bunny whom nobody ever sees.
But it’s also a time when we supposedly remember the death of Jesus on the cross and His subsequent resurrection on the third day. Good Friday is good because it’s the day when we remember that Jesus died for our sins. Easter Sunday is good too because on that day Christ rose from the dead. It’s the gospel in a chocolate covered nutshell.
As Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, (4) and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures…” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
We sometimes say it’s not enough to believe. I’ve even said it myself. But I’m starting to see things a little differently. My new motto is this: “It is enough to believe if you really believe”. It’s easy to say we believe the gospel. It’s easy to say a lot of things in life. It’s easier to say “I love you,” then it is to actually love somebody. It’s easier to say “I believe in Jesus” than it is to actually believe in Him.
Please allow me to propose this question and I sincerely ask that you refrain from the temptation to stone me. My question is this. If a person really believed in the message of Easter would they only show up to church once or twice a year? Or would they show up more often? I would even dare to say that it’s not altogether outside the realm of possibility that a true believer would find themselves making a monthly or even weekly pilgrimage to a place of worship.
Of course, this is not to say that weekly church attendance is the only mark of a true believer. Nor is it to suggest that all true believers would be so radical as to attend church every week. There are other marks of true faith in Christ. Some true believers have been known to develop habits of prayer and bible reading. Some have become better people as a result of their faith in Christ.
Some have found freedom from various addictions such as drugs and alcohol. Yes, believing is indeed enough if you really believe. What does it mean to really believe? I don’t presume to have fully answered the question in this one little blog. But it’s a good question. We’d all do well to ponder it.