Easter is later than usual this year but still Easter eggs and baskets and other Easter items line the shelves in stores. Baby chicks and ducks are for sale in the seed and farm stores and commercials about getting grass in shape for the summer appear on the television.
A certain excitement is evident with the promise of warmer weather and trees budding out with beautiful flowers and then leaves appearing. Warmer weather is here and we are anticipating Easter but what it is about Easter?
The message of Easter is powerful because Jesus died on the cross and the result of that is that I have joy and confidence for this life and beyond.
The cross is powerful because the message of the cross stands on its own.
How many times have we heard people say, “I really don’t have the gift of speaking before a crowd. You need to find someone else … I would not be effective;” or “I do not have a large amount of funds so I cannot help with that outreach to those in poverty;” or “I was not called to go to foreign countries for Christ; I will just leave that to those who are called.”
Yet the marvelous thing is that the cross stands on its own. One doesn’t need the gift of speaking before a crowd to convey that message. One does not have to have money to reach out to those less fortunate. One does not have to go to some far away land to spread the news of Christ. In all three of these cases, the cross is enough to change a person through a simple conversation, through an unpretentious act of kindness, through a small contribution of money, time or talent toward some effort to someone in need right here at home. I can start right where I live. The power of the cross sends a mightier message than I ever could! I am a mere vehicle, so why would I question my ability?
The great Christian leader, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, is remembered as a Christian leader throughout England and the world. One snowy Sunday morning, Charles Haddon Spurgeon tracked through a blizzard to a small Methodist church. Since he was only 15 years old, he was probably attending a church service simply to appease his mother. The blizzard was so severe that even the minister of the church did not show up, and a well-intending church member decided to try to hold the church service anyway with his limited ability. Here was an ordinary church member, with no theological training, but one who felt the need to worship and praise the living God. The church member used what talents that he possessed.
Yet, the power of the cross was more potent than any blizzard. The simple words spoken by the church member somehow touched Spurgeon’s heart. He was changed forever. He left the church a different person than when he entered. Because of power of the cross reflected in the words of a common man, Charles Haddon Spurgeon found his way and Christendom has never been the same since.
Remember … God does not call the equipped; He equips the called. The power of the cross stands on it own no matter how weak the messenger may be. Paul, the little man who had flaws like all of us, said it well. “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection.” (Philippians 3:10)
That is not only the message of the Easter season but a message that is good through all the seasons of our lives.
Judy Brandon is a Clovis resident. Contact her at: