The Easter Question
Rev. Jeff Wood, First Presbyterian Church of Sebastian
When Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life,” he continues saying, “if a man believes in me, yet though he dies, he will live again.” Then he asks, “Do you believe this?” That is the Easter question. It is a question that rings out beyond Easter day itself.
Paul Azinger, a famous golfer, faced that question Jesus posed, “He who trusts me will live again. Do you believe this?” He was thirty three years old when he got cancer. He said, “A genuine feeling of fear came over me that I could die of cancer. But then another reality hit me even harder. I am going to die anyway from cancer or something else. It is just a matter of when. With that realization everything I had accomplished in golf became meaningless. All I wanted to do was live.”
Then, a fellow golfer and Christian, Larry Moody said, to him, “Zinger, we’re not in the land of the living going to the land of the dying. We’re in the land of the dying going to the land of the living.”
By receiving the power of Jesus, Azinger became a person not going from the land of the living to the dying but from the dying to the living. Azinger later said, “I’ve won a lot of tournaments. But that happens and is always temporary. The only way to have true contentment is in a relationship to Jesus Christ. I’m not saying that nothing ever bothers me or that I don’t have problems. But I have found the answer to the six foot hole…If a man dies, can he live again? Yes, Jesus proved it.”
“Do you believe this?” And that’s the Easter question he asks you. Do you believe Jesus rose from the dead and can raise you? Don’t answer it by wishful thinking but by thinking. A thinking belief makes a difference for you and the world.
Rev. Jeff Wood, First Presbyterian of Sebastian, 1405 Louisiana Ave, 32958 (772)589-5656
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