Easter is a Glorious Day
As you look at your life, what are some days in your life that you would consider calling them “Glorious Days.” If a student, would it be the day you graduated high school or college? If single, would it be the day you fell in love with your soul mate? If married, would it be your wedding day? If you are a parent, would it be the day you became a dad or a mom? If unemployed, would it be the day you landed your dream job? William Barclay said, “There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.”
“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.” – William Barclay
I would propose that there are several “Glorious Days” in the past that impact us and give us our glorious days in the present. It was a Glorious Day when Jesus, the Son of God, came into this world. We choose to celebrate His birth at Christmas. Good Friday is the day we remember His sacrificial death on the cross and His blood gloriously washes away our sins. And oh, Glorious Day, Easter Sunday, the day we mark on our calendars that Jesus rose from the dead. Actually, every Sunday is a day Christians all over the world gather together for public worship to remember that Jesus rose again.
110 years ago, a famous evangelist and pastor, J. Wilbur Chapman, wrote a hymn called “One Day.” What is unique about this hymn is the chorus is a summary of all five verses.
Living, He loved me;
Dying, He saved me;
Buried, He carried My sins far away;
Rising He justified freely forever:
One day He’s coming– O Glorious Day!
It was a Glorious Day when Jesus came into the world!
It was a Glorious Day when Jesus died for my sins!
It was a Glorious Day when Jesus Arose from the Dead!
It will be a Glorious Day Jesus Returns from Heaven!
What does all of this mean to me?
Life can be filled with such monotony, such sorrow and suffering, and hopelessness. Many are turning to all kinds of “crutches” or “self-medications” or “escapes” to rescue them from their pain – alcohol, drugs, immorality, gambling, overspending – only to find that the hangover, the STD, the crushing debt makes them feel worse than before they tried to medicate their pain.
The Easter story is ultimately about changed lives – ordinary people transformed forever by the mercy of a Cross and the victory of an Empty Tomb. If you will begin to seek God in your life, you will soon discover that He has been seeking you all along. It is a glorious moment in your life when you realize that you can have a living relationship with the living God. This is different from religion. This is being born into God’s family – becoming His child. Your most Glorious Day is when you receive Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior.
Glorious Day –
When I receive Jesus as my Savior.