Easter sunrise services are for many Christians the spiritual high point of the year. Especially when they are held outdoors in natural settings, they give the Christian participant a lift that no other religious exercise quite matches. As the dawn comes up to light the budding branches and greening grass, we get the ultimate physical undergirding of the glorious truth of Christ’s victory over the grave and the fact of new life for each person who trusts in him.
The challenge to the Christian, however, is not simply to be uplifted by the great annual celebration of the Resurrection but to try to convince non-believers of the potential it has for them.
So intense has been the controversy over the years as to what really happened in the Resurrection that those outside the Church are likely to regard it as an “in-house” event that has no meaning for them. What a pity. It is precisely for outsiders that the Resurrection carries the most importance, and they are unaware of it. This puts the pressure on those who know to let others in on the tremendous message of the Resurrection and the potential it holds for them personally.
Endless volumes have been written about the Resurrection, and innumerable sermons have been preached. Yet the real message hasn’t gotten through to many. Vast numbers of human beings still have either no knowledge or a distorted knowledge of the meaning of the Resurrection.
The central thing that Christians should try to get across to unbelievers about the Resurrection is that it means God has solved man’s greatest problems, sin and death. Some may not be very concerned about sin, but no one can be unconcerned about death, the great enemy of man. The resurrection of Jesus Christ established once and for all ...1