What’s so amazing about Easter?
Well in today’s culture most people would say, not a lot! A two-week holiday for the kids? The first bank holiday of the year?
What if I were to say though that Easter remembers the most significant time in human history, what would you say to that? It does not carry the weight of Christmas expectations, we only get a few Easter eggs, but it reminds us of what mankind’s greatest need is and always has been. We need a Saviour!
I love listening to Johnny Walkers ‘Sounds of the Seventies’ on a Sunday afternoon. It reminds me of some of the great songs that were written and recorded in those days. It’s a bit of a nostalgia trip but we old men don’t mind making that kind of trip. (Not that I am linking any other kind of associated trip with that era. Honest!)
A song which many people will have heard, even if you weren’t a card carrying hippy is ‘Spirit in the sky’ It was a Number 1 written by Norman Greenbaum at the beginning of the 70s, and it had these words. ‘Never been a sinner, never sinned, I’ve got a friend in Jesus’. Great melody but rubbish lyrics! And terrible theology. Why do I say that? Because The only reason for Easter is that ‘I am a sinner, I have sinned and I am always getting it wrong, which is the whole point. And the crucial part of all this is that I need to acknowledge that. If we were not sinners and had never sinned then there would have been no point in needing a Saviour, and there would have been no point to Easter.
The pivotal point to Easter is that Jesus died in our place, so that we wouldn’t have to. He will be our friend, but first of all we have to acknowledge our need for him to be our Saviour. And when we have done that he can be our friend.