- Jonathan Huddleston
God is Bringing All Creation to Life
At Easter time, Christians focus on the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Laughlintown Christian Church will join Oak Grove Church of Christ (Ligonier) for Maundy Thursday, the Thursday before Easter, to worship and take communion in memory of Jesus’ final Passover meal.
We will join several churches for an Easter Sunrise Service, 6:30 a.m. at the Ligonier Diamond.
We will have donuts and fellowship at 9 a.m., and our Easter worship service at 10 a.m.
But what is it all about? Why do we celebrate this one event that happened almost 2000 years ago? Sure, it’s amazing—credible witnesses, and an empty grave, prove that somebody who once was dead, came back to life. Amazing!
But there’s more to it than that. Lazarus died and rose again (John 11). Tabitha died and rose again (Acts 9:36-42). Amazing! But we don’t celebrate that every Easter.
The reason we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus is that Jesus is the Savior of the world, and his resurrection is a new start for all of us! In Christ, all will be made alive (1 Corinthian 15:22). By faith, at baptism, we join Jesus’ death and resurrection (Romans 6:3-11). It’s not just that Jesus is raised; it’s that we are raised with Jesus (Colossians 3:1; Ephesians 2:6).
Jesus makes all things new.
In the spring, we see a world that has been cold and dead, come slowly to life because of the sun’s warmth. Every Easter, we celebrate the fact that at Jesus’ resurrection 2000 years ago, the universe entered its grand springtime!
The Bible calls Jesus the “firstfruits” (1 Corinthians 15:20) of God’s great promise of resurrecting the whole world. Because of the resurrection of Jesus, God is bringing all creation to life. The night is over, and the morning is dawning—because the Savior of the world is risen.