On Sunday, March 31, we will celebrate the most amazing event in human history: the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead!
Jesus’ resurrection is central to our faith. In 1 Corinthians 15 Paul tells us, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in you sins . . . If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.”
The glorious reality that we celebrate is this: Christ has indeed been raised from the dead – “the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.”
The resurrection is the deal-breaker for the Christian faith. The resurrection separates Jesus from all the other religious leaders. He predicted it and He did it.
I’ve studied world religions for many years and I’ve never encountered a man like Jesus Christ. And while we may find commonality amongst the world relgions with regard to values and morality, a chasm exists between the self-revelation of God in Christ and the religions that spring from the heart of humanity.
Every time I examine the religious systems of the world they always bottom out with one word: “works.” You must earn your salvation. You must work to be closer to God – through reincarnation, by fasting for 30 days, by making a hajj, by observing the law, or whatever it might be. It all comes down to W-O-R-K-S. All attempts by human beings to put themselves in right standing with God.
Jesus puts Christianity in a completely other category. The Christian story is about what God has done from His side. It’s about God’s search and rescue mission. It’s about God’s restoration of our broken relationship. Jesus Christ claimed to be God and in His face, in His life, we see the kindness of God reaching out to us – before it ever occurs to us to reach out to Him – Jesus is God’s action to find, save and restore us.
This truth is too good to keep to ourselves.
It was this truth the compelled those early disciples – and every true disciple since – to go to every corner of the earth with the Gospel.
Friends, our corner of the earth is Mt. Pleasant, West Ashley, North Charleston, James Island, Charleston County, Berkley County . . . it’s wherever you live. Easter at Boone Hall Plantation is an amazing celebration. The service is from beginning to end a celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. We will rejoice, we will honor, we will worship The One who conquered death.
Easter at Boone Hall is also a time of outreach into the community.
Who will you be inviting?
There will be about 4000 people attending the Easter Service at Boone Hall this year. Who will welcome them? Who will extend to them the hospitality of our Lord? Who will help care for their children? Who will ready the tent for the celebration? Nearly 600 people are needed to help with our service at Boone Hall.
If we say we love Jesus but our lives don’t demonstrate the reality of this love our faith isn’t worth a thing. Jesus lived and died for others. Yes, we celebrate Easter and Boone Hall is a wonderful celebration. But we already know Christ. Easter at Boone Hall is also for those who don’t yet know Him.
St. Augustine once wrote: “Without God we can not, without us He will not.” Will you pray for Jesus to be glorified in Mt. Pleasant that day? Will you ask the Lord whom He wants you to invite – and then do it? Will you help set up, greet, minister to the children and take care of our guests? Will His heart beat in your chest? Will His hands reach out through yours? Will you see one another through His eyes?
I hope you’ll say “yes.”
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