Without Easter...

We’d be missing 27 Books of the Bible.

Can you imagine trying to live without the Four Gospels and the wisdom and clarification Jesus gave us about the true meaning of the Law? What if there’d been no Pentecost as defined in Acts? What if we knew nothing about the Fruit of the Spirit so clearly described in Galatians? What if we had no Revelation about how it all comes to a glorious end?

We’d have no Christian music to sing or listen to.

How sad it would be to miss hymns like, “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art,” “Up from the Grave He Arose!” We could go on and on with hymns of faith we’d be missing. Neither would there be any Christian music radio stations to tune into for uplifting encouragement.

We’d be unable to pray directly to God.

Remember that Temple curtain that God split from top to bottom as Jesus died on the cross? It would still be there as a barrier between God and us. Think about all the answered prayers you’ve experienced. Multiply that by an untold number! (Matthew 27:51)

We’d have no idea how evil will finally be defeated.

No one would ever watch the news channels if there was no hope for righteousness to be vindicated finally. (Revelation 20: 7-10) Despair and desperation would be rampant.

We’d have to live without the Holy Spirit.

Every day would be “me and you against the world,” I guess. Without Him filling us, comfort, discernment, peace, and assurance would be missing. Without Him to bring conviction of sin, all people would be left to act according to their own ideas of right and wrong.  (John 14: 25-26)

We’d have no idea about the depth of God’s love for us.

If Jesus died on a cross and were still buried in a tomb today, we’d be left to believe God was the very opposite of love. We’d never understand why He allowed His own Son to die in such a way. We’d have no reason to praise Him for His unsearchable love for us. (John 3: 16)

We’d have no personal relationship with God.

All we would have are historical accounts of the Creator God. In other words, we might know a lot about God, but we’d never be able to know Him personally. (John 10: 14-15)

We’d have only a vague understanding of forgiveness.

We might be motivated to forgive someone, but it would be with the expectation of retribution. But without the experience of receiving forgiveness from Almighty God, our capacity to extend forgiveness would be severely limited. (Matthew 6: 12-14)

We’d live without hope of salvation.

We’d be left to think that this life is all there is and that there is no resurrection and no possibility of eternal life in the presence of God after death. Oh, how fearful funerals and cemeteries would be without a living Savior! (Romans 6: 23)

We’d be susceptible to all kinds of false teaching about spiritual matters.

Without the Word of Truth, we’d put our faith in some sort of false god. Humans have an inherent need to worship God. The evil one of this world keeps a seemingly endless supply of ungodly choices of objects, people, and false religions to trap our allegiance. (Acts 4: 12)

We’d be pitiful.

Paul summed it all up best in I Corinthians 15: 16-19: “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile, and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.”

Praise God, He is Risen Indeed!

But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. I Corinthians 15: 20

Lord, wake us up from the nightmare of life without the resurrection. Loosen the bonds of apathy, indifference, and fogginess and invigorate our worship of the risen Savior this Easter Sunday as never before!