I guess you know what today is.
April fools! It’s actually Easter!
For the first time in over half a century, it’s Easter AND April Fools Day. This co-occurrence of holidays is a little bizarre. As I sit here wondering if the Easter bunny will hand out chocolate eggs that are deceptively made of mud, I can’t help but realize that those of us who celebrate the true story of Easter could easily be called fools.
Remove your Christian worldview glasses for a minute, and objectively consider it. A thirty-year-old carpenter suddenly steps into the religious scene of ancient Israel and claims to be the Son of God. Yet, he socializes with the worst sinners and breaks many religious traditions. Twelve other men become his “disciples” and hang on his every word.
Three years later, he is cruelly executed as a criminal. Within a few days, his twelve followers claim that he is alive, even though the entire nation is aware of his demise, and after two thousand years, we claim that he still lives. Yep, from the world’s perspective, we deserve to be called fools.
(If you feel so inclined, you can place the Christian worldview glasses back on your nose for the duration of this post. )
Are we fools to believe this ancient book of fantastic stories? Am I a fool for believing that Jesus walked on water, gave blind men sight, and rose from the dead? Am I a fool for believing that I will spend eternity with God in Heaven?
Well, in all honesty…
No. If the words of the Bible were easy to believe, it wouldn’t be called the Christian faith. Believing the unbelievable is the very definition of faith. It is through this faith that we know we will spend eternity with the Lord (Eph. 2:8).
As we celebrate Easter today, we are not fools to believe that Christ rose from the dead and sits at the right hand of God (Hebrews 10:12). We are not fools to celebrate his omnipotent, eternal existence. We are not fools to shout of his victory over sin.
The truths of God are faithful, but not foolish.