Most of us celebrates Easter in honoring Jesus’ death & resurrection, it happens once a year during Spring time.
Unfortunately, I saw there was a problem concerning celebrating Easter!
I am not here to give a lecture or presentation about the origin of the name, Easter! I wanted to focus on celebrating the Jesus’ death & resurrection. I saw it as a major problem in modern Christianity! I am not here to be guilt tripper!
I am just simply trying to help you see it as a major problem!
What is the major problem, I am addressing about?
Have you heard about the term, chreaster?
The true definition of chreaster:
Those Christians who only show up to religious services on Christmas and Easter.
Is Christian actually a true follower of Jesus Christ, who only attends religious services on Christmas and Easter? I am going to cover my eyes, and mumbles to myself, “It is not my business to judge their heart, only God can see their true heart!” My main question, are you truly loyal and full of motivation in the eyes of God’s?
Have you heard others tell you how God have been good to them in their life, but are they actually being honest with themselves? Is their heart near or distance from God?
Pharisees and teachers of religious law were truly angered by how Jesus and His disciples was not following the tradition based rules. Jesus blunted at the Pharisees and teachers of religious law as he said:
Isaiah was right when he spoke about you hypocrites. He wrote, ‘These people show honor to me with words, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is worthless. The things they teach are nothing but human rules.’
~ Mark 7:6-7 (NCV)
Seems familiar to you? God does not want your attendance only on Easter day. He is much interested in your heart not proof of your attendance. Going to church does not make you a good Christian in the eyes of God’s.
I have heard plenty of statement made by Christians (or should I said so called “Christian”):
- “I go to church occasion and God knew my heart so it is good enough for me!”
- “I do pray and read the bible, so why should I go to church, it is not necessary for me to go there every Sunday!”
- “I have a very busy schedule and I am too tired to go to church every Sunday.”
- “Going to church when I can, and God sees it and counts it, so I have nothing to worry about I will go into heaven anyway.”
List going on!
Now let me get down to the point, what is important about the resurrection of Jesus? Jesus took the cross because he wanted to give you new life and new hope! It is not all about only defeating death at the hand of evil one, Satan. The true purpose of resurrection is to breath new life in the Kingdom of God!
Prophet Isaiah prophesied about the true purpose of the Messiah being on earth:
… He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.
~Isaiah 53:5 (NLT)
My main question is do chreasters truly understand the true purpose of celebrating the Jesus’ Resurrection day? Are they trying to show off about their attendance in order to show they are good people in God’s eyes?
Chreaster need to re-define their faith in the presence of God by understanding what is the true purpose of the resurrection of Jesus!
So therefore, we need to celebrate Jesus’ victory over death in our life DAILY not only during holy week lead up to Easter’s day! I am not saying we should not ignore the holy week. To me, it is a big celebration and great remembrance, let me say in another way, I wanted to give off the overwhelming of emphasizing how Jesus did for my life by sharing beautiful testimonies how Jesus saved my life during holy week!
Jesus freed me from being an alcoholic addict! He forgave me for all of many unthinkable acts I did in the past which was truly horrible in the eyes of human beings!
Just learn not to be chreaster, it is why Prophet Jeremiah made beautiful quote as he prophesied to the community of the Jewish people:
You will search for me. And when you search for me with all your heart, you will find me!
~Jeremiah 29:13 (NCV)
God DESIRES your heart not your attendance!
Do you want to hear Jesus tell His Father, “I know ________ (your name)?”
Yes? Then seek God with your whole heart!
Let me close up with verses which was told by Jesus Christ, which would give you a wake up call and help you to re-examine your faith in the presence of God:
“Not all those who say ‘You are our Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven. The only people who will enter the kingdom of heaven are those who do what my Father in heaven wants. On the last day many people will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, we spoke for you, and through you we forced out demons and did many miracles.’ Then I will tell them clearly, ‘Get away from me, you who do evil. I never knew you.’
~Matthew 7:21-23 (NCV)
Do you want Jesus acknowledge you?
You ask yourself and seek God!