But all I could think of today in the midst of a packed church (so many people coming just for Easter and Christmas!) was Acts 17:
30The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead."This Easter you celebrate "Happy Easter!". This Easter you have dinner parties for. Why? Is it because Jesus rose from the grave and now freely forgives all your sins so you can come to church twice a year living as you like the rest of the time and escape the wrath of God?
Easter should not be a happy time for most people. Easter is a testimony of God that Christ has died and is risen yes, but also that Christ, now reigning, will one day come again. And when He comes again, He doesn't come with a lamb beneath his arm saying "oh, it's ok it's ok, don't worry about it, I totally understand that you didn't have time for God. Yeah, life gets pretty busy doesn't it? *pat *pat. Oh, yeah don't worry about believing that Bible thing, it's so hard to believe for most people anyways, don't worry."
No, when He comes, He comes as judge, and He judges against the righteous laws of God. This day is a day of great celebration for true Christians, but if you're not a true Christian, don't celebrate, repent. For only by the blood of Christ will you be delivered from the coming destruction.