Can you think of a day that changed your life? Most of us probably can. The day that changed your life may have been a very good day, or it may have been a very bad day. One of my favorite "life-changing" days was July 7, 1984. That's the day when I married my beautiful wife, Robin. We spent a lot of time preparing for that day. We invited our family and friends, and we worked hard to make sure that everything would happen just as we had planned it. It was an awesome day! It was filled with happiness, joy, tears, laughter, and celebration; but it wasn't just the events of that day that changed my life. That day changed my life because it changed every day that has come after it. Our marriage started on that beautiful July evening, but it has been defined by all of the days that have happened since then. July 7, 1984, was a life-changing day because of what it started and what it made possible.
This weekend we remember the most important life-changing day; the day Jesus Christ rose from the dead. You see, the reality is that Easter Changes Everything. Without Easter, without the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, Christianity has no foundation. Without the work of Christ, we are lost in our sin and have no hope for eternity. In fact, the resurrection of Jesus changes every part of our lives, every day of our lives.
But we shouldn't allow the celebration and the reality of the resurrection to be forgotten when Easter is over. In fact, Easter should only be the beginning. If we take time to consider the work of Christ one weekend a year, then we are missing the point. The work of Jesus is supposed to be something that changes every part of our lives, every day of our lives.
The day that Robin and I were married was incredible. Every year on July 7 we take time to look back and remember that beautiful day, but our marriage is much more than a wedding day and a series of anniversaries. We spend the other three hundred and sixty-four days a year loving one another and fulfilling the promises that we made on that day. With each anniversary that passes, I love her more. Not because of the anniversary, but because that day marks another year that I have spent learning about her and loving her. When we love each other well, anniversaries become sweet celebrations of that love.
I pray that this will be a year when your love for Jesus grows. I hope that you spend the upcoming year learning who Jesus is and how you can love Him more deeply. I encourage you to take time each day to consider the life-changing benefits of Jesus death, burial, and resurrection. My marriage would not be worth anything if I only thought about it and enjoyed it on our anniversary. In the same way, your relationship with Jesus should be a daily relationship.
Try to take time each day to thank God for Jesus’ sacrifice and His awesome gift of salvation. As you learn to focus on Jesus throughout the year, Easter will become sweeter with each year that passes.
Easter Changes Everything. I pray that it changes everything for you, every day.