Easter: God's Pep Rally
by Nicki McGuire, Special Guest Coordinator
As I began to prepare to sing with the praise team on Easter Sunday, I was overcome with an underlying theme contained in each of the songs. Lyrics such as “Beneath the weight of all our sin, You bow to none but heaven’s will. No scheme of hell, no scoffer’s crown, no burden great can hold you down.” (Matt Maher, "Christ is Risen") Or, how about this one: “One day the trumpet will sound for His coming. One day the skies with His glories will shine.” (Casting Crowns, "Glorious Day") And my favorite: “The enemy is broken underneath His feet. Death is crushed in victory. Jesus is alive.” (Fee, "God is Alive")
These songs remind me that Easter is about Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. Beating death, fulfilling prophesy, and making a way for us to spend eternity with Him in Glory are all glorious and beautiful realities and should be celebrated in a big, big way.
But I was struck by something powerful as I was preparing for worship. I am reminded that the empty tomb is only part of the story. We are sinners and in need of saving because we have an enemy. If we’ve accepted the Father’s gift, Jesus’ resurrection has saved us from those sins and, therefore, defeated Satan. With this, He has equipped us with all we need to stay behind in this world and fight.
In light of everything going on in the world around us, we are foolish if we forget that we do have an enemy. A very crafty and manipulative foe was beaten that day on the cross. A foe who is still here scheming and plotting. A foe who, although beaten, has not surrendered. And until Jesus comes back for us, we are still here with a job to do.
It’s too easy to become complacent knowing we are suited up on the winning team. This year’s celebration of Easter has come and gone; however, our fight continues.
Let us allow this Easter to be a rally for the Saints of God. Let this Easter get us fired up so we ready ourselves in such a manner that when we are called into this battle, we can be useful and not afraid. For when we are called in off the bench, as scary as that can be at times, we do not go in alone. We do not fear because we go forth with someone by our side who has already won. And when that trumpet sounds and the skies are filled with His glory, the fight will be over and we will be taken home.
O Hades, where is your victory?
~ 1 Corinthians 15:55-58