The Most Wonderful Time of Year!
At Christmas, we sing a song made famous, in my young years, by Andy Williams. In my memory, I sing with Andy, "It's the most wonderful time of the year!" Yes, Christmas is a most wonderful time of year, but is it THE most wonderful time of year? Looking closer at the most significant events in human history, I propose that Easter is the most wonderful time in all of history. Why? Because we are not looking at a baby in a manger, but an empty tomb! Just three days prior, this tomb held the dead body of Jesus of Nazareth. To prove that Jesus is who He says He is, Jesus conquers death! Over the following forty days, He appears to groups reaffirming His identity as God incarnate. The Gospel of Matthew, in chapter 28, records a group of witnesses observe Jesus ascend to Heaven. What all does this mean? It means: 1) Jesus is God in flesh; 2) Jesus has paid our sins debt and provided a home in Heaven for all who receive Him as Savior and Lord; 3) We no longer have to live in fear and doubt about what the future holds for us.
Indeed! Easter is so significant, that it has altered one of the Ten Commandments. "Observe the Sabbath Day and keep it holy" is not in the New Testament. Jesus brought nine of the Ten Commandments over into the New Testament and left the Sabbath observance out. Why? Because He knew that something greater than the creation was going to take place. Followers of God, in the New Testament and beyond, worship now on Sunday to commemorate the resurrection! Easter has changed the course of destiny for the human race. So, Christians worship each Sunday to celebrate that the tomb is empty!