A common reaction I have had over the years as I have shared the Gospel, that salvation is a gift of God that simply has to be received is, “that’s to good to be true!” For me what feels so authentic about many of the instances we read about after the resurrection, is the number of people that, despite all Jesus had promised before the crucifixion, still struggled to believe that he had come back to life. Yet that is precisely what Christians believe and what we celebrate at Easter – Jesus coming back from the dead and claiming victory over both sin and death. To accept that is a step of faith that leads to the promise of sharing in his resurrection life forever.
It’s not a blind step of faith though, it’s something that many, including those who are baptised on Easter Sunday, can claim to be true. They know it’s true because they have experienced the life of Jesus for themselves and know that they will never be the same again. That is simply the message of Easter that God invites us all to share in. The promise that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:13), includes you. Now that is something worth celebrating.