Bible Studies for Life Lesson for April 4- When Easter Becomes Just Another Holiday
March 23 2010 by A. Shane Nixon, Director of Church and Community Relations, Baptist Retirement Homes

Focal Passages: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4,12-19, 54b-58

If you think about it, really think about it, there should NEVER be a danger of Easter “becoming just another holiday.” How could it? Even non-believers find the story to be unbelievable.

Christians celebrate Easter as the pinnacle of all that faith is. In verses 12-19 of the focal passage, Paul pushes the Corinthians on this very point. If Easter isn’t special then our faith, as Paul puts it, is “in vain.” 

Last year my children joined the swim team at the pool where we are members. Neither of my kids had ever had any formal swim training beyond the introductory stuff they do at the YMCA, which we took them to as infants.

They learned how to swim, but that is it, they just learned how to swim. They did not receive instruction on correct procedure for certain strokes or anything like that.

Early on, after one of the first practices, my daughter reported that the swim coach told the group they needed to go back and “emphasize” the importance of the strokes.

She told my daughter and her teammates that in order to avoid being disqualified, they really needed to know the difference between (for example) the breast stroke and the butterfly.  Her coach said, “Competitive swimming cannot be about JUST getting from one end of the pool to the other fast.” 

Likewise, Easter cannot be about JUST a nice sunrise service or fancy worship or, worse yet, the family table for a big lunch. 

The New Revised Standard version of the Bible translates verse 15 this way: We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that He raised Christ — whom He did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised.

You may have to read that a couple of times, but when it sinks in, it really sinks in. To make Easter just another holiday is to misrepresent God.

Easter is not just a holiday, something that rolls around the calendar and stops on a Sunday once a year. Easter is what we believe, it is everything we believe. By claiming the name Christian, Easter is who we are!
3/23/2010 3:15:00 AM by A. Shane Nixon, Director of Church and Community Relations, Baptist Retirement Homes | with 0 comments

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