'And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.'
1 Corinthians 15:17
There is one thing we know no matter how difficult our Christian life has been, how inconsistently we have walked, we know that our sins have been forgiven us.
Each new born Christian must have experienced this sense of forgiveness when they first come to the Cross. I've heard it described by so many in different ways: they feel lighter; they can breathe more easily; they feel clean, washed; a burden has been lifted from them; the world looks brighter; the bible becomes more meaningful; they could suddenly see and understand spiritual things. There are many different ways to describe the beginning of our journey on the Christian road but this one thing we know, in whatever way we find it - we know our sins are forgiven!
What does this tell us? It tells us that Christ has risen! It tells us that it is not just a myth or a legend but a certain truth because we have a witness to it within ourselves. No man or woman can lift the burden of guilt from our shoulders in a moment of time. No preacher, no matter how able, can deliver an alcoholic from his drink or an addict from drugs, but Jesus can. This tells us that our faith is not futile and Christ has certainly risen from the dead. We can truly believe it! We see the change within ourselves and also in the lives of others within the church. It is an utter miracle that this man Jesus, an historic figure, who walked the shores of Galilee, can change hearts and lives now, giving us a new beginning. This can only be because He is alive giving us power to change.
So, let us rejoice this Easter in the certain and sure knowledge that our faith is not futile and that Christ is indeed risen from the dead!