Summary: This sermons focuses on how what we believe, whether it is true or now, will dictate how we act.
Easter 2009: Our Belief Dictate Our Action
I want to say to each of you this morning, Happy Easter! This is the time of year when we celebrate life. The trees and flowers shake off their slumber and the grass wake up. The birds begin to sing again and there is a smell of spring in the air. But this is also the time when we celebrate the “waking up” of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When Christ rose from what believed to be His last slumber, not only had His life changed, but the lives of all those who knew Him and would eventually accept Him, including each of us.
When Christ died on the cross everyone thought that His life was over. They believed in their hearts that what they had witnessed and experienced for those three years was over and there was nothing else for them to do. They did not understand that their lives was about to change drastically forever. But what they understood, they believed and what they believed they acted on. You see, whatever we believe will dictate our actions. Let me give you a few examples. This weekend we went to see the movie “Knowing.” The main character in the movie was traumatized after his wife died and he lost his belief in almost anything. He took the stance that everything that happened did so by chance and with his belief he stated that there was no way to prove that heaven existed. Well, he acted on what he believed. As the story moved along, as he begin to see some things (I do not want to ruin it for those of you planning to see it), as his belief changed his actions changed also. Think about some of the things you have done in your life. How many times have you acted based on something you believed, even if what you believed was actually proven to be wrong? You see, at this point it is not always about the truth, but it is always about the belief. This is what we find when we read the story of Christ’s resurrection. The disciples believed He was gone forever, an untruth, and yet even though this was not true, this is how they acted. So this morning I want to ask you to put aside all of your religious thinking and focus on the one real question: “Did Christ truly rise from the dead?” Whatever you believe in response to the question, regardless of what you may say outwardly, you actions will line up accordingly.
Have you ever thought about where would we be today if the disciples had been right? Where would we be if the report by the Roman guards were right when they, under instruction (Matthew 28), reported that His disciples had stolen the body? (There are Jews today who believe the disciples stole Christ’s body.) If Christ had not risen from the grave, everything we believe – everything we practice – would be a lie because we believe that through his death and resurrection, He conquered sin and death and is now sitting on the right hand of God interceding for us. If we do not really believe He rose from the dead then we can’t believe He is interceding for us!