Message Recap | 4.5.2015
Speaker: Aaron Taylor, Lead Pastor
We’ve all either heard of or witnessed historical events. I remember early as a young boy the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas Texas. I was in the 3rd grade but remember that day as if it were yesterday. I remember watching Apollo 11 land on the moon on July 20, 1969. And I also remember vividly the events of September 11, 2001. Our lives are literally changed because of events that happen in history.
Today, I share with you another event. It’s the story of Easter. The story of Easter is not a religious story, because the story of Easter is about something that happened. The story of Easter is about an event. On Easter, we don’t celebrate a teacher, we don’t celebrate a teaching, we don’t celebrate a religion, we don’t celebrate a philosophy—and maybe this is new information. On Easter, we celebrate an event that actually happened. We believe a man actually came out of a tomb, which means that Easter is better than religion. Easter goes beyond religion. There’s nothing religious about Easter.
In fact, religion was formed to answer the undeniable and the unexplainable. Something would happen like the seasons would change. That’s undeniable, but it was unexplainable as well. What causes the change of seasons? The weather would change; undeniable, but what causes the weather to change? Crops would grow, crops would die, the locusts would come, and there would be seasons when there were no locusts. It’s undeniable that the locusts came, but why did they come in some seasons? There were some victories. There were some battles where we were victorious and there were some battles where we were defeated.
So, there was all this unexplainable data that would happen in the ancient times, and in the gap between what was undeniable and what was unexplainable religion was born, because religion was an attempt to explain the unexplainable.
But also religion is an attempt to answer the unanswerable, like this: Like, what happens when you die? Will I ever see my loved ones again? What is the purpose of life? And as humans, we don’t like the answer “nobody knows.” Some explanations for things happening can be downright goofy. And the reason we hold onto them is because we simply want an answer. That’s what drives religion, and that’s why Easter is so un- and non-religious. There’s nothing religious about it, because Easter is not about trying to explain the unexplainable or answer the unanswerable. In fact, Easter happened at a time when first century Jewish people already had answers to the unanswerable and explanations for the unexplainable. They weren’t looking for answers or explanations. And Easter is not an attempt to answer questions or explain anything; Easter is about something that happened. It’s about an event, which means Easter isn’t really religious at all.
Christianity was birthed, not in a movement around someone’s teaching, not in a new answer to questions that people have been asking for generations, Christianity was not birthed because people finally decided we’re going to embrace a different explanation for the unexplainable. There’s none of that associated with the birth of Christianity. Christianity was born the day something happened in history on the earth, in a city you can visit today. The resurrection of Jesus was an actual event! And it is proven in Scripture. It is found in the Book of Acts beginning in chapter 3 and continuing in chapter 4.
If you want to learn more about the event called Easter and how There’s Nothing Religious About It, listen to our podcast at http://painesvilleag.com/Easter for the complete message.
Friend, Easter has nothing to do with religion. Easter is not a religious story because the story of Easter is about something that actually happened. The story of Easter is about an event. We believe a man actually came out of a tomb, which means that Easter is better than religion. We celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ; the event that changed everything. This week, spend some time in the Bible studying the Book of Acts, chapters 3 and 4 and allow the Holy Spirit to reveal the real truth about why we celebrate Easter.