Today, Easter Sunday, churches across the world are filled to overflowing with people who do not usually go to church–people who have been hurt by Christians or who are not sure they really believe all this Bible stuff; people who hope to see a kind face and hear a merciful word. In spite of their doubt and fear, they feel compelled to attend a church on Easter to hear about the sacrificial death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (From the Gospel of John, chapter 3, verse 16)
Inevitably, this touching opportunity will not faze the arrogance of some Christians and Messianics, who will not use it to minister to the hurting, but will instead squander it by focusing on what the holiday does not mean, or some other such trivial matter. They will take the opportunity to grab some attention for themselves, if only for a moment. They take offense when anyone believes something besides what they believe, or follows a tradition or ritual that they do not follow.
Easter-Only Churchgoers: Please do not let these people steal your joy, or your desire to know more. Easter is an altogether lovely and meaningful observation for Christians of all denominations. Look for good, and you will find it. If it’s not in the church you tried today, think about trying another. May you understand the resurrection of Jesus deeper and know our Lord better and feel his love for you in abundance this Easter.