With the Easter egg hunts over, the baskets of chocolate distributed and the History Channel’s Bible series coming to an end, it is easy to feel the post-Easter blues. Perhaps you came to church on Easter Sunday with your college friend. Maybe your coworker nagged you into coming. Then again, you may have visited your grown child’s church for the first time and simply do not know what to think.
At the heart of the Easter blues is an incontrovertible truth: Either Jesus Christ was the Messiah whom God resurrected on the third day, or he was a madman who conned generations of believers into giving up everything – including their lives. Against the backdrop of contemporary literature, in addition to the Bible’s gospels, as well as historic proof, there is little doubt that Jesus was a real figure who lived, died and did not remain in his tomb.
And this is the quandary you might now be experiencing. You have come face to face with an uncomfortable truth. As you concede that Jesus was real and was raised from the dead, it logically follows that he was God in the flesh. By default, this gives his teachings absolute credibility. It logically follows that not living according to these truths puts you in a precarious position with respect to your current potential and your future destination.
There is good news ahead. For the non-Christian, there is the opportunity to find out what it means to be “right with God.” Talk to the person who brought you to church. If you came by yourself after reading a particularly insightful blog post on the church website (smile), come back next Sunday and simply ask the person sitting next to you for assistance. Being a Christian is not actually a list of dos and don’ts but calls for a lifestyle change.
For the disciple, the post-Easter blues is a warning sign. It means that you might have gotten comfortable in your Christianity and have withdrawn from the hands-on aspects of the faith. You may have begun taking forgiveness for granted, and coming face to face with the reality of the resurrection is poking holes in your comfortable lifestyle. Confession and repentance are not just good for the soul; they also help you to return from a life of lukewarm comfort to walking the walk.