After Easter

By Mark Avery — General Manager and Editor at Herald and Banner Press and Bookstore in Overland Park, Kansas.

Resurrection Sunday is past. How quickly the routine changes back to normal. How sad that so many people who are close to the Easter celebration fail to participate in resurrection power.

I was privileged to preach the Easter sermon this year, yet now I am wondering. Not wondering about the content of the message, for it was accurate biblically and doctrinally, but I am wondering from a practical point of view.

The gospel is intensely practical. The good news of Jesus Christ changes lives. Yet some people know the story without knowing the reality of serving a living Saviour.

The very day after Easter, Jesus walked to Emmaus with a couple of men. They did not recognize Him, and He asked them some very probing question. In their responses, they stated that they had heard that Jesus had risen from the grave, but for reasons I do not understand, they did not bother to check out the reports. They did not go to the grave.

Then upon talking to Jesus and finally recognizing Him, they hurried back to Jerusalem, proclaiming the resurrection.

How sad. We talk about Easter and proclaim our belief in the resurrection, yet too often our lives fail to reflect resurrection power. I am asking God to make a difference in my life. Easter should not be just an annual observance. Easter should be a way of life!

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