By Linda Cox
Easter Sunday 1993 was also the final round of The Masters, the first of the four “major” golf tournaments every year. I managed to find the time to watch the last few holes of play, as Bernhard Langer won his second Masters.
When I think about that Sunday, I don’t remember a single thing about the final round itself. I don’t remember if there were any dramatic putts or chip shots, or if it was close or a runaway. But I do remember what happened in the clubhouse afterwards, as Langer was presented with the traditional “green jacket,” symbolic of winning the Masters.
One of the first questions he was asked by a sportscaster was which Masters win was more special to him—his first in 1985 or this, his second one. Langer said it was the second because he had won it “on Easter Sunday, the day my Lord was resurrected.”
I remember thinking, “Wow, as prestigious as it is to win the Masters, here is a man saying what made that day special was the resurrection of His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” It was later I found out that Langer, a committed Christian, was very involved with Bible studies on the professional golf tour, and very outspoken about his faith as demonstrated that Easter Sunday.
You may be an athletic champion like Langer. You may be an aspiring writer. You may be a talented musician. You may be a simple farm girl, like me. Whoever we are, whatever we do, each and every day of our lives is made more special because of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Now that’s something we can celebrate every day of the year, not just on Easter Sunday. May you have a blessed celebration of Easter—every day of your life!
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid for I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said.” (Matthew 28:5-6 NIV)
Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed!