Colossians 3:1-4 "If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory."
Is it Easter? The Sky isnít blue, the sun isnít shining. Is it Easter? Its foggy and its kind of hard to see. Is it Easter? Not if Easter is a warm spring day. And that is our task this morning, we need to know what it is that makes Easter Easter.
If you donít know what makes Easter Easter, you make not know what to look for. Some people look for Easter dresses, and they are a sign of Easter, a sign of new life, a sign of hope, but dresses are not what Easter is about.
Some people look for Easter bonnets, they too are a sign of new life, and sign of hope, a sign of promise, but Easter is not found in a Easter bonnet.
Some people look for Easter, in Easter bunnies and Easter eggs, they are a sign of Easter, a sign of new life, a sign of hope, a sign of promise. But Easter is not found in Easter bunnies or Easter Eggs.
All the things we talked about so far are signs of Easter, but they are not Easter. Signs are there to describe, and to point the way. So these things point us to how it is that we have new life, and hope, and how it is that the promised Savior has brought the promised salvation.
What is Easter? Easter is the Empty Tomb. Easter is angels and earthquakes. Easter is a risen Savior. Easter is Christ, triumphant over sin, over death, and over the devil. Easter is the risen and victorious Savior, not just present, but coming to us, to give to us the victory. Easter is the Savior risen for us, and it is us, changed. Changed from the old, to the new. Easter is about how God in Christ has brought to us a new creation life and salvation. Easter is forever, for that is how long baptism has made the promise ours.
There is not doubt, Christ is risen, we have seen the empty tomb, we have seen the risen Lord. In baptism we die with Christ, so that being united in his death, we might also share in his resurrection.
Each day we begin by remembering the new life that is ours in baptism, so each day we begin with our mind set on Jesus to do His Will, for he supplies all our needs. Each day we put to death earthy desires, and set our minds on heaven.
For a day is coming when this new life, which is hidden with Christ in God, will appear, and in that day, we will receive the fullness of that new life which today we have in part, in that day we will receive the glory that is ours by grace through faith, as the children of God.
Easter is something we live every day, knowing that one day all the glory that is in the Savior, will be manifest in us also, for by grace through faith, we are the children of God, and as we have died with Christ, so we will rise with Christ, to the glory of God, and be in perfect joy peace and harmony for all time. Easter is forever, and it is for here and now. That is the miracle of Easter, for we have been changed, for good and by grace, for Jesus sake.