Easter: A matter of faith, a matter of trust

Almost every day we are faced with deciding whether or not something is real. We live in an age where there are so many special effects and computer generated images that we cannot always determine if something actually happened before our eyes, or whether our imagination has been fooled. What we experience today, in one sense, has been the experience of the generations.

Easter, or Resurrection Sunday, is upon us and shall be observed by multitudes of Christian around the world. While Easter is to the Christian the highlight of our faith, it leaves the skeptics wondering how we can believe it, and why?

In the 1960s, a young college student by the name of Josh McDowell set out to prove that the resurrection of Jesus Christ was not true. Being a self-proclaimed atheist, McDowell spent many hours studying the subject. At the end of his studies he concluded that the resurrection of Jesus Christ was, indeed, a reality, and became a true believer.

In his book, "Evidence that Demands a Verdict," McDowell wrote: "After more than 700 hours of studying this subject, and thoroughly investigating its foundation, I have come to the conclusion that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the most wicked, vicious, heartless hoaxes ever foisted upon the minds of men, or it is the most fantastic fact of human history. I believe, whole-heartedly, that it is the latter."

There are those among us today who believe that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is, indeed, a wicked, vicious, heartless hoax; therefore, it appeals only to the simpleminded. However, such belief must be and has always been a matter of faith. When Jesus told Martha that He was "...the resurrection and the life; he that believes in Me shall never die," He followed the statement with a question that would test her faith. He asked: "Do you believe this?"

Hebrews 11:6 declares: "But without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He rewards those who seek Him diligently." Life, whether lived in the religious realm or in the secular, is always a matter of faith. As the Scripture states, so it is in every day secular life: We cannot always see clearly; therefore we blindly trust. The difference between the religious and the secular is what we feel in our heart. Like many before me, and many who will follow, I believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As He was raised from the dead by the power of God, so shall every believer be raised incorruptible to live eternally in His presence.

May your Easter be filled with hope and peace that passes all human understanding!