The Greatest Day in History: Does It Matter?

This weekend, we celebrate the greatest day in the history of the world–the day when the world got a glimpse of God’s power when they discovered that Jesus Christ had conquered death. Before church this morning, Robyn and I were contemplating the resurrection. Just imagine what His followers thought when they discovered that Jesus had risen just as He said He would. What a profound discovery!

During worship this morning at FBC Cleveland our pastor, Dr. Allan Lockerman, took a slightly different approach to his Easter Sunday message. Speaking from Philippians 3:7-21, he didn’t attempt to prove that the resurrection actually happened. Instead he asked the question: Does it really matter? As the Apostle Paul emphasized in verses 10-11, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is all that matters. As Dr. Lockerman bluntly reminded us: We’re all dying and our only hope is in the resurrection of Jesus. In the meantime and until our appointed time comes, may we press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call (Philippians 3:14).

Early this morning I tweeted and updated my Facebook status to wish for us to have such a profound discovery as Jesus’ friends and followers had. May it be so.

Added 4/8/10: You might find this devotional from My Utmost from His Highest to be interesting, relevant and inspirational: His Resurrection Destiny.

Resolved for 2010

A new year is the ideal time for fresh starts and new beginnings. Some people declare their resolutions for the new year–resolutions that often are so great that it inspires them for several days or weeks of January. I’ve never been one to articulate such resolutions. Instead, I look at the annual marker as a time to think strategically about where I’ve been, where I am and where I’d like to go. Like most years, there are so many hopes and wishes for 2010.

However, as Robyn and I were having dinner last night, the Lord cemented a lesson He’s been trying to teach me for several weeks years:

“Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to [us] as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow …” (Matthew 6:33-34 NIV).

So, as I process the many goals for 2010, I resolve to study, meditate and try to seek first His kingdom and his righteousness like never before. It begins today.