Snow Hill Baptist Church
No Regrets Fam
ily Ministry–“Come see The Place”
By Pastor Dean Honeycutt
Miss Miler gave each of nineteen students in her second-grade class a large plastic egg and instructed them to bring something back in it that represented life. The next day the kids were excited to show the things in their eggs. However young Jeremy brought an empty Easter egg. Other children brought numerous things that represented life like butterfly, flower, and a bug. When Jeremy opened his egg the other kids laughed. His teacher with a bit of disgust in her voice thinking Jeremy had misunderstood the assignment asked how does an empty Easter egg represent life? Jeremy responded in a quite humble voice– the tomb was empty– Jesus is alive. Three months later Jeremy went to heaven due to a chronic terminal illness. Those who went to pay respect to the family would find nineteen empty Easter eggs on his casket. (Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul; 239)
Jesus is the living Savior. Jesus is not just the Christian Savior. He is everyone’s Savior whether they recognize it or not. Jesus said, “I am He that liveth, and was dead and behold, I am alive for evermore.”
As a wonderful hymn goes “I serve a risen Savior He’s in the world today; I know that He is living whatever men may say; I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer, And just the time I need Him He’s always near. He lives He lives Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way. He lives He lives salvation to impart! You ask me how I know He lives. He lives within my heart.”
The single most important event in all of history is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Compared to all other dates it is the only date apart from creation, the birth of Jesus, and the death of Jesus that matter. The apostle Paul stressed this when he said, “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is in vain; you are still in your sins.” The resurrection is a pillar of the Christian faith. Without it we would have no hope. Praise be to God we do have hope. Jesus said,” I am the resurrection and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”
My mom is a great example of hope. When she had a tumor removed from the base of her tongue the size of an orange and after a 12 hour surgery left her with no tongue and staples from ear to ear she was told she would probably never talk again. Hope in God is what gave my mom strength. My mom would communicate with us by writing on a dry erase board and she wrote I hope I can talk again. Hope is a big word, but with God it is a sure word. All things are possible with God. Despite what medical doctors have said and to their shock mom can miraculously talk.
The resurrection is not just a religious date. To assume that Easter is just a religious date is to misrepresent the entire Gospel message. Jesus is not a martyr; Jesus’ death on the cross was a sacrifice. Jesus said no man takes his life but He lays it down. Jesus’ on the cross was a substitute for us and his death atoned for our sin. John the Baptist said, “Behold the lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.” The resurrection regardless of one’s religious beliefs affects the entire world from the creation of Adam to the last baby born, all of humanity past, present, and future. To set aside Easter as a religious holiday without realizing its magnitude is contempt. Many people will celebrate Easter weekend without giving one thought to the risen Savior.
The resurrection is everything and without it we would have no hope.
Jesus died, so we might live.
Jesus was bound in linen cloths; we are set free.
Jesus was anointed with spices; we are anointed with the Holy Ghost.
Jesus was laid in a tomb, but we stand in the grace of God.
Jesus was placed on a bed of rock; Jesus is my rock and sure foundation.
Jesus was laid in a borrowed tomb, my salvation is not borrowed. I belong to Jesus and Jesus belongs to me.
Jesus was laid in a rich man’s tomb; we have all the riches of His grace.
Jesus lost his grave clothes; but we will be clothed in robes of white.
The body of Jesus was not found in the tomb; in Christ I will never be lost.
A great stone was rolled over the entrance to the tomb. And a great stone of sin was removed from my heart.
The tomb was sealed by man but broken by God; I am broken by sin but sealed by the Holy Ghost.
The tomb was kept by guards who failed; I am kept by God who never loses.
A tomb was found empty, that we might be filled.
Jesus appeared alive to more than 500 people at once, Jesus is alive today, Jesus will be alive tomorrow, and I will see Him one day.
Jesus is alive in my heart.
We never have to say good-bye.
The grave is not final. O death where is your sting? O grave where is your victory? We have the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
In His Victory,
Pastor Dean Honeycutt