Why on earth would a preacher preach about such on Easter Sunday morning? Because it’s Christ’s death and resurrection that puts the lie to, and calls for the death of, all forms of human pride.
Pride is a problem for everyone, perhaps especially, Christians. If you think otherwise, ask a few folks who are yet to believe or who once believed, but quit. Pride is all around us. It’s one of the three things that make up the world’s way of thinking (1 John 2:16).
Human pride says: “I don’t need a Savior.”
To which God asks: “Do you not see my Son on the cross for you?”
Human pride says: “This life is all there is.”
God replies: “See my Son’s empty tomb.”
Human pride says: “I’m only worth as much as what others think I’m worth.”
And God responds: “I alone can determine the worth of life and I have considered you worth my Son’s death on the cross and the sharing of his resurrection life with you.”
Many, rather than understanding and taking in what God has to say to them about their worth, continue to try to live with the world’s definition of their value still in their head. But to do so is to risk driving off the road of humility into one of the two ditches of pride on either side.
The ditch of pride on the right comes from thinking, “I know better than God for I know my real worth: nothing.” However, if we see that ditch for what it is, we must be careful not to yank the wheel and over-correct our steering and so, wind up in the ditch on the other side, the ditch that comes from thinking, “Look what all I do for God.”
To hold onto the world’s story as to our value (or lack thereof) and simultaneously try to be a Christian is to ultimately either have just enough religion to be miserable or to turn faith into something focused on us. In either case, pride will have its destructive way with you.
So hear the good news of the resurrection of Christ. He is risen! And that means its all about him, not you or me.