As we approach the Easter event, many of us begin to reflect once again on the death of the finest, the purest One ever to walk this planet.
It’s quite the indictment of humanity that earth could not tolerate Him and so put him to death.
In Robert Bolt’s prize-winning play, A Man for All Seasons, Sir Thomas More is beheaded for opposing the ungodly doings of King Henry VIII. (Or, to be more exact, for not approving them.) As the play winds to a close, a spokesman comes center stage and addresses the audience:
“I’m breathing…. Are you breathing, too?…. It’s nice, isn’t it? It isn’t difficult to keep alive, friends–just don’t make trouble–or if you must make trouble, make the sort that’s expected…..”
At the trial of Jesus, they said of him, “He has stirred up the people from Galilee to Jerusalem.” They got that right.
Look at the world we live in. It could use another stirring up.
Following is my very brief four-point observation on the Church and Easter. You know that the whole point of Easter–the crucifixion, the burial, the resurrection–was the Church, don’t you?
“Christ loved the Church and gave himself for her.” (Ephesians 5:25) And then, “Shepherd the church of God which He purchased with his own blood” (Acts 20:28).
Here are four discoveries every child of God needs to make about the Lord’s church….
1) It’s His church and He wants it back.
2) He’s its Head and expects it to obey.
3) It’s His body and He takes personally anything to do it.
4) It’s His bride and He glories in her.
We wanted to put this quartet of insights out in the open in order to keep us on course. Sometimes we preachers bury our points in so many words it’s hard to remember where we are, what we’re doing, or where we’re headed.