THIS is the most wonderful time of the year!
Christmas is great and all that, but THIS day, this day is wonderful on a whole other level.
Most of you probably know that my faith is central to my life and I don’t try to ram that down your throats 24/7 but on this day, this most wonderful day, there’s no way I can keep quiet!
You see, I believe with every fiber of my being that Jesus Christ is not a mythical being, but is truly the Son of God and he really came down and lived among us as a man.
I believe that he gave himself as a sacrifice to take our place in death and save us from the future our sin has earned us.
I believe that on THIS day 2000 or so years ago, this Easter day, God Almighty reached down and raised his son from the dead and in doing so demonstrated his power over even the grave.
I believe that God loves us so much that he sent his son to die in our place so that WHOEVER believes in Jesus WILL have eternal life.
I believe that while this mortal body may one day die, I (and all who believe in Jesus) will one day rise again and live forever with him free from sin and death and sickness and suffering.
I believe it to be true so completely that I’ll happily go as far as to say i KNOW it to be true.
Christians talk about hope for the future and, while I know what they are saying when they say that, I don’t like the word hope.
I don’t have hope. I have certainty. Hope suggests a possibility of being wrong but Jesus didn’t die to give us uncertainty, he didn’t die to give us a good percentage chance… he died to give us absolute, rock solid, beyond any doubt confidence that when we turn our backs on sin and follow Him instead, our names are written in the Book of Life in ink that can never be erased, can never fade, can never be overwritten.
I am fully convinced that nothing, NOTHING can keep us from the love of God and from His promise of eternal life.
…. and THAT is why this is the most wonderful day of the year, because THIS is the day when we celebrate Jesus, the victor over sin and death and the grave, our Champion, our King and our Savior.
I truly hope that you know the same sense of peace and certainty that I do, that Jesus is alive and that by becoming followers of him, WE will share in his glorious and wonderful eternity.