What Is Your Easter Narrative?
by Pastor Dan Delzell
Everyone has an Easter narrative, whether they realize it or not. You see, there are only three possible options for your personal narrative:
1. Christ Never Lived.
2. Christ is Dead.
3. Christ is Alive.
If you fall into that first group, you really need to read J. Warner Wallace’s piece, “Is There Any Evidence for Jesus Outside the Bible?” This article has already been viewed over 425,000 times in less than 5 months.
The only way to actually believe Jesus Christ never lived is to bury your head in the sand and ignore the historical evidence. If your personal Easter narrative is that Christ never lived, you would be wise to consider:
“Sources for Caesar and Jesus Compared.” An open mind readily accepts “The Historicity of Jesus Christ,” as well as, “Ancient Evidence for Jesus from Non-Christian Sources.“
Perhaps you find yourself in that second group of people. You know, the ones who claim Jesus did in fact walk on earth 2000 years ago, but remains dead today. If this describes your Easter narrative, I encourage you to check out something I wrote on the topic a few years back: “The Messiah’s Critics Couldn’t Produce His Body.“
It is amazing to me that so many people who stretch their faith to believe in macroevolution find it nearly impossible to place their faith in the risen Christ, as I addressed in the article, “Belief in Macroevolution Requires a Creative Imagination.“
And you may find the following article interesting as well: “Scientists Announce Consciousness Beyond the Grave.” Everyone gets to choose whether or not to believe in life after death. Some people place full confidence in science, while others place full confidence in the promises of Christ.
After all, it was Jesus who proclaimed: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25,26)
This brings us to the third group of people, namely, those who believe in the risen Christ. If you are a believer, then your eyes have been opened to the truth. You have entered a supernatural realm of awareness, as I explain further in the article, “When Good Friday and Easter Become Personal.“
There are plenty of people in the world who assume Christian “faith” is something rather shaky and uncertain. Such people would be wise to consider my article, “Can Faith Lead to Abiding Certainty?” Thankfully, it really is possible to “know” that you will go to heaven when you die.
And this is why the apostle John penned these words: “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” (I John 5:13)
What is your Easter narrative today?
Are you assuming Christ never lived? Or perhaps you are living as though Christ is dead. In either case, you are lost in your sin and you are blind to the truth concerning the Savior.
Door #3 provides the answer to the question, “Is there life after death?” And if so, “How can I obtain it?” Jesus is the author of eternal life. And once you receive God’s free gift, (John 1:12) you begin to live for the One who died on the cross for your sins and rose from the grave in the ultimate victory over sin and death.
This could be the Easter you meet Jesus personally through faith. Everything else falls short of the mark and leaves a person in their natural condition. So are you a “dead man walking,” or have you been “raised with Christ” (Col. 3:1) and granted the gift of everlasting life in heaven?
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:31) You see, there is only one Easter narrative capable of accomplishing the new birth in your heart and soul. And the new birth is essential in order to gain entrance into heaven. (John 3:3-7)