1 Corinthians 15:19 If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all men most to be pitied.
Easter is sort of like the morning – it seems to dawn slowly. You know how there are some people, and in the morning – you can ask them if they are awake, and they will answer – yes, I’m out of bed. Sometimes they won’t really be out of bed, except for that hand that has just turned off the alarm clock – and the real point – is that they are not really awake.
They’ll wake up later – sometimes it is the shower - for others it is a cup of coffee or glass of orange juice. Until then, they are just going through the motions. Easter is a morning, and in many ways it is a morning that dawns just as slowly. The problem with Easter is that there is no Easter shower, no Easter juice, no Easter coffee… there is no routine or ritual to help us to wake up.
The problem is that some people never really wake up to Easter at all, it doesn’t happen by noon – doesn’t happen by end of day – and soon weeks pass into months and months into years – and still they have never really woken to Easter. Why? Because their life is focused on this world. Its not that they are dead – they know a little about Easter. They know that Jesus is risen, they know that sin death and the devil have been conquered – they are even glad to find in Christ the forgiveness of sins.
Its not a bad life – living in the forgiveness of sins in Jesus Christ – but the problem is that they never see the big picture. And the big picture in this case, is that this life, is only a small portion of our life in Christ with God – a brief moment in the scope of what is ours as the children of God – eternity.
You see, if our hope is only for this life – then when things in this life do not go as we had imagined, we get discouraged. That’s how we can have a "bad day" – because our focus was on this life. That’s why we sometimes find it hard to give thanks to God for everyday – because when we focus on this life – its easy to miss the hand of God at work – and its easy to miss how even things which seem unpleasant might turn out to be a greater good than we had imagined.
Athletes are not born that way, they practice, they train, they discipline their bodies – they do it because they are not focused on today – but they are focused on a future goal, an upcoming competition, a prize that lies before them.
Waking up to Easter, is not just seeing what is here and now – as grand as that is – but it is seeing something even greater, which lies ahead. Waking up to Easter is waking up to what the resurrection means to us – both today, and in the future.
You see in the resurrection we will be changed. Now we are this mixture of sinner and saint – in the resurrection we will have the fullness of what it is to be a child of God. In the resurrection we will be made perfect, and will have a perfect relationship with our heavenly father.
Waking up to Easter, is a thing that doesn’t just change our perspective, it changes our lives. For in waking up to Easter, we begin living not just for this world – but also living for the everlasting kingdom of God, we begin to work to prepare the way for our Savior’s return – and we see the urgency of going forth and letting all the world know that Jesus is risen – we go forth to wake the world from is slumber for the light, which is Christ, is dawning, and our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. And that is something that is better than any shower, or juice, or coffee – for the greatest eye opener of all, is faith, and that is what Easter is all about.