Today is Easter Sunday, and it’s also April Fools Day! This is the first time in my lifetime that Easter Sunday has landed on April 1. It last occurred 62 years ago – in 1956. The next two times will be in 2029 and 2040.
April Fools Day is an appropriate day to celebrate Easter, because the forces of evil were totally fooled by Jesus’ death and resurrection. They thought they had Him beaten. They thought they had silenced Him. They thought He was gone for good. They were wrong.
I won’t say that Jesus fooled them, because to fool someone usually means to trick them in some way – to pull the wool over their eyes. Jesus didn’t trick people; He always spoke the truth. They fooled themselves into believing their own lies about Jesus.
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1a) Notice where the fool reaches this decision about God. It’s in his heart – not in his head. There is plenty of evidence that Jesus rose from the grave, so it’s not that people can’t believe in Him. They don’t want to believe.
You and I are labeled “foolish” by the world for believing in Jesus, but that’s okay. I would rather be a fool in the eyes of the world than to be a fool according to the biblical definition.
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18 NIV)
For two thousand years, Satan has been fooling people into believing that Jesus didn’t really rise again. Most people are willing to be fooled, because if they can convince themselves that Jesus is still dead, they can live how they please.
Today’s Good News is that Jesus is alive! If you believe in Him, confess your sin and accept Him as your Saviour, you will live forever with Him. On this Easter Sunday, I am thankful for the “foolish” message of the Cross and the empty tomb. I am thankful for the “foolish” Gospel of Jesus Christ.
He is risen! He is risen, indeed!
Happy Easter April Fools Day!
Now, go share the Good News…
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