What a week we have had as we have enjoyed the great weather. For anyone that is still new to Kodiak, enjoy it while you can. This may be the only summer you see. The only thing wrong with all of the weather that we have had since we got back home Saturday night is that I haven’t been able to get out and enjoy it. A week out of the office puts you so far behind on the paperwork curve, and our divisional commanders will arrive before our paper is delivered on Friday. There is much to do in anticipation of his arrival.
With everything else going on around us, and the beautiful weather, it is easy to miss that we are in the middle of Holy Week. Last Sunday was Palm Sunday, celebrating his much anticipated entry into Jerusalem. This coming Sunday is Easter. Christmas is wonderful, with all of the celebration and gift-giving, but Easter is what defines us as Christians. We are the Easter people. The virgin birth, the miracles performed, the commissioning of his disciples to go out in his name are all prelude material. His dying for our sins on a cross at Calvary was an empty act without the power to rise again on Easter morning.
The Apostle Paul put it this way in 1 Corinthians 15: “But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.”
We are the Easter people. We know that Christ has been raised from the dead. Our faith is not in vain, for his Spirit lives inside of all believers. God never asks us what church we attend. He asks if we believe in the son that he sent to die for us so that our sins could be forgiven.
Every Christian church around this world will celebrate this Sunday. We will celebrate the victory that was revealed in an empty tomb. He is risen! He is risen, indeed! There is much to do in anticipation of his arrival. I pray this Sunday will find you in a house of worship celebrating a risen Savior. If you find yourself with no place to go, come see us.