“O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen” (The Book of Common Prayer).
It’s officially Easter. It also happens to be April Fools’ Day. It seems fitting when most of the world looks at Christians as fools for believing and living as they do.
It does seem foolish to strive for greatness by becoming the servant of all.
It does seem foolish to turn the other cheek instead of striking back.
It does seem foolish to seek to gain your life by losing it and to pick up your cross daily to die to sin and to follow Jesus.
It does seem foolish to proclaim Jesus words that He is the way, the truth, and the life in the face of so many others who would tell you that there are many paths to God.
It does seem foolish to follow a carpenter’s son who wrote no books and led no great revolts. His ministry lasted barely three years and He died as a criminal in the worst way possible.
Yet what seems like foolishness to most is the wisdom of God.
That same carpenter’s son lived sinlessly, and after dying on the cross, defeated sin, death, and hell forever by raising from the grave after three short days.
We now mark history by His life and there are billions who profess to follow this Jesus, who is both Lord and God.
So once again, happy Easter. May both your words and your actions testify to this foolishness that is wiser than the wisdom of men.