I’m not sure how you are feeling this Easter season.
Maybe you are feeling refreshed and excited. Many schools had Spring Break (or at the very least a few days off) around this time. You might be looking forward to what is coming in the next month two months of the school year. Your school may have some exciting field trips or spring performances planned. And, of course, the warmer weather helps the mood, too!
Maybe you are feeling a bit overwhelmed. You may be the one in charge of the aforementioned school performance. Your school may have an accreditation visit coming up. Perhaps you have accepted a Call and will be moving. Your school may be closing. You may have standardized tests in addition to everything else going on. You may look at the calendar and think there isn’t enough time left in the school year.
Maybe you are feeling discouraged. I have been reading a lot of posts on Facebook recently and there are some interesting ones out there. I have seen some people proclaiming what Jesus would or would not do. You may feel personally attacked. Maybe you have detractors who are seeking to discourage. You may feel that Christianity in general is under attack or is being subverted.
I don’t know how you are feeling.
But this is what I know: On this day, we celebrate Christ’s victory.
And that has made all the difference.
It doesn’t matter if you are feeling happy. It doesn’t matter if things are personally going great for you at this particular moment in time. It doesn’t matter if you feel discouraged. Frankly, it doesn’t matter the circumstances of your failure. You may not only feel like a loser… maybe you actually ARE one.
But it doesn’t matter!
The victory is won! And today, we celebrate that fact. We remember that fact. Today we are reminded of that victory.
Now… here’s the best part…
That victory wasn’t a periodic event. I am a Nebraska Cornhuskers fan. The last time my school won a National Championship was in 1997. That happened… and then another season started… and on, and on, and on.
Christ’s victory over sin, death, and the power of the devil is a “once for all” victory. We sometimes get caught up in a pity-party. “Look at what this celebrity said about Christianity!” “Look at what this law might do to the faith!” “Look at what this TV show is saying!”
Ladies and Gentlemen… in the end… it doesn’t matter. The victory is won!
I wonder if we misinterpret Matthew 16:18. When Jesus told Peter “the gates of hell will not prevail” He was referring to gates. Not offensive weapons; defensive barricades. In other words, the Gospel penetrates; it is a proactive message. We don’t have to be “reactive.” We don’t have to be constantly looking over our shoulder. Our message is one that the world needs. OUR message–God’s message–is the one with power behind it. Our message isn’t one that needs protecting.
The message of the Gospel is the “report” (Romans 10:17) of the victory. No matter how we feel, we stand firm and confident in that victory. No matter how we feel, we must remember that victory. Live it out and proclaim it.
It is Easter. And in the midst of whatever is going on in your life right now, victory is yours through Jesus Christ.