This Sunday is Easter — perhaps the most important date on the Christian calendar, for had there been no resurrection of Jesus Christ, Christianity would have very little to commend it from other religions whose founders still lie in their graves. As the Apostle Paul affirmed in Romans 1:4: “He was declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.”
Easter is certainly a time of joy and celebration for the Christian, but it is also more. For example,
Founding Father Charles Carroll, signer of the Declaration of Independence and a framer of the Bill of Rights, saw Easter as a time to evangelize his own son, telling him: “The approaching festival of Easter and the merits and mercies of our Redeemer’s abundant redemption . . . have inspired me with the hope of finding mercy before my Judge and of being happy in the life to come — a happiness I wish you to participate with me by infusing into your heart a similar hope. . . . and impart to you that peace of mind which the world cannot give.” (To obtain the writings of this Founding Father, click here.)
Founding Father Benjamin Rush, another signer of the Declaration of Independence, saw
Easter as a time for reconciliation. He explained: “Jesus forgave the crime of murder on His cross; and after His resurrection He commanded His disciples to preach the gospel of forgiveness, first at Jerusalem where he well knew His murderers still resided. These striking facts are recorded for our imitation, and seem intended to show that the Son of God died not only to reconcile God to man but to reconcile men to each other.” (To obtain a biography of this remarkable Founding Father, click here.)
In celebration of all that Easter represents, we just posted an historic 1910 Easter Sermon on the web and thought you might enjoy reading it. Click here to read the sermon.