What is that Smell?
Just over a week ago, we celebrated Easter. Eggs, food, family, candy, church were all things that were a common denominator for most families that recognize the first Sunday after the full moon that occurs on or just after the vernal equinox. So where do you we go from there?
The eggs that were hidden should have all been found, but just maybe the vultures that are your children, cousins, nephews, nieces or grandchildren missed that one plastic egg. The one that wasn’t the Golden egg, but did have a five dollar bill in it. Not that five dollars will get you far in today’s society, but while weed eating in the back yard, you found that egg that will allow you to purchase a few items off the dollar menu at McDonalds.
What is that mound of dirt in your backyard that has formed over the past week? It looks like the beginnings of a major league pitching mound that the local wildlife would use to throw acorns off of for a friendly game of wildlife baseball. At a closer glance, you find a purple egg with ants and dirt surrounding it. They are like gnats on a dog in the middle of the summer. They have homesteaded around, inside, underneath and all over the egg. Inside lies a colorful tin foil candy wrapper. The remains of a chocolate egg that was left in the mass chaos of egg hunting.
A knock on your door and to your surprise a county sheriff’s deputy awaits on the other side. He greets you with a smile, but it quickly turns to a concerned look. “Sir, your neighbors have called in to our department because of a foul smell that is lurking over your privacy fence into their backyard. They claim that the smell is so awful that it is attracting all types of flies and bugs. It’s really becoming a hazard to the neighborhood.” Your thoughts race, did something die in my back yard and I didn’t notice? Did the stray dogs drag another animal towards your property and leave it for the buzzards? Everyone gets a good laugh when you find out that a few boiled eggs had not been accounted for from the family hunt over a week ago.
Churches were packed to maximum capacity on Easter. One Mega Church Pastor claims that thirty-one thousand people came through the doors of their churches at several different campuses. At our local church about one hundred more faces were in the crowd compared to the average Sunday attendance. But that number is no comparison to how many people were not able to hear the good news of Jesus leaving the tomb.
The basics of the Celebration goes something like this. I am not by any means a theologian, but this shapes it up in a nutshell. Jesus came to the earth as a man, he was sinless, he paid the price for everyone’s sins by dying on the cross by his own will, he came out of the grave on the third day, he appeared to around five hundred people before he levitated into the clouds. In 1 Corinthians 15:14, the bible states, “and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is without foundation, and so is your faith.”
I saw a church sign once that read “Come on back this Sunday, He is Still Risen.” Christ is still very much alive. This is evident all around us. The correlation of “believing is seeing” is why some people do not recognize that Christ is alive in our world today. However, in the 3rd Chapter of John verses 6-8 it is written that “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised by my saying, “You must be born again.” The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.