In a lot of homes, I see a family Bible. In days past, this Bible contained records of marriages, births, and other important dates and events. Maybe yours still does.
But what condition is your family Bible in? Does it still crack a bit when you open it, even though it’s 100 years old? The idea of putting these important dates in the Bible is to keep them at your fingertips, because the Bible is to be the center of the family, but what if the Bible falls into disuse? What happens to the people whose names are written in the front pages of it?
Often, these Bibles can be fancy, with ornate pictures and an engraved cover, and you might be afraid of ruining the craftsmanship, but no Bible ever printed was intended to be stored away. The greater craftsmanship is found not in the binding, but in the words on the page, because contained in those pages, however fancy or simple, you will find the product of the pen of God Himself. Who could possibly outdo His hand?
And more than just a literary masterpiece and best seller, the Bible contains the secret of the universe: its origins and its end, yet neither of these are the pivotal moment in history. That pivotal moment is the center of the Bible, when God became the man Jesus Christ, the Creator of the universe in a single cell, Who grew to become the man Who would save the world from sin. The pivotal moment of all history finds that same God-man hanging on a cross crying out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?” because at that time, He was carrying our sin and being punished for us, but also crying, “It is finished.” And the conclusion we find on the third day of His ordeal at the empty tomb, our destiny.
This Easter season, know that God has forgiven all your sin by His death on the cross, even the sin of neglecting His Word, and by His resurrection, He has paved the road for your own resurrection that you may live forever just as Christ lives forever.
That old dusty book on your shelf will not last forever, but the message it contains, and you by having heard that message, will live for eternity.
HE IS RISEN!