Several years ago, Max Lucado wrote, “Funny how Easter and taxes often fall on the same week. They did this year. I began this week with two major tasks: prepare an Easter sermon and pay my taxes. With apologies to the IRS, one seems very heavenly, the other very earthly. One minute I’m at Calvary, the next the checkbook. One reminds me of how God paid it all, and the next reminds me of how much I have to pay. Both leave me grateful, first for Jesus dying for me and second, for my three little tax deductions.”
Ironically, because of the Coronavirus we have some partial good news: the deadline for our taxes has been moved from next week, April 15, to this summer — July 15.
Benjamin Franklin is credited with saying, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
He was right about death. Death is certain. Every funeral is a sobering confirmation of the truth of Scripture when it says, “It is appointed unto man once to die and after that the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).
But death doesn’t get the final say. That’s the message of EASTER. Peter said, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead ...” (1 Peter 1:3)
The EMPTY TOMB fills us with HOPE — a living hope!
Will Rogers said, “The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.”
The fact is, because of EASTER death can’t get any worse and can’t get the victory over us. Paul said, “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:55-57).
The EMPTY TOMB fills us with victory — for eternity!
Death doesn’t get the final say. That’s the message of EASTER!
This Sunday is EASTER and while our taxes would normally be due Wednesday, both are inescapable reminders we need to pay attention to THE RESURRECTION and we will have to pay our taxes sooner or later.
One affects us presently, the other impacts our eternity.
One fills us with anxiety. The other fills us with HOPE!
One causes us to hope we don’t owe any more. The other reminds us we could never pay what was owed. But we don’t have to …
… because JESUS already did!
© 2020. Barry L. Cameron
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.