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Easter

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Easter

Dear Friends,
 
I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this coming Lord's Day.
We are just two weeks away from Easter weekend. Many passages of scripture summarize the Easter message, but none better than Acts 2:24.  Peter is preaching on the day of Pentecost and makes this declaration: "God raised him (Jesus) from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him."
 
Death, which is man's enemy, has been soundly defeated by Jesus Christ. Furthermore, Jesus said, "Because I live, you shall live also" (John 14:19). Easter Sunday we celebrate and declare to the world that the grave is empty and Jesus Christ is alive.
 
So what  exactly does Easter mean?   Let me suggest the following:

 

  • That Jesus is alive and among us today.   Christ's resurrection is not something that happened in the dust of the ancient past. It's not simply history. It's something that is real to us today and has an impact on our lives.
  • Christ resurrection means that everything he said, promised or claims he made are true.
  • Christ resurrection means that death has been defeated and we need not fear the ugly, vicious, unrelenting enemy of man.
  • Because death is defeated we can live boldly and share confidently the Good News of the Gospel to a world that desperately needs to hear it.

 

The events of Easter are the most important on the Christian calendar. We may enjoy and celebrate Christ's birth more enthusiastically, but Christ's death and resurrection is what secures and guarantees our salvation.

 
I share this to encourage you to take advantage of this season and invite, invite, invite. We have a Good FridayService and Easter Sunday worship.  Both of these services are going to present the gospel clearly.  The music is going to be wonderful.  They will be services you can confidently invite guest to without concern.  If you have lost friends or relatives - and who among us doesn't - this is a perfect opportunity for them to hear the gospel.  

Don't get discouraged if they say "no" or say they will be here and then don't show. Let's do our part by inviting and extending a warm welcome. Remember, don't say "no" for others by not even bothering to invite them.
 
See you Sunday.
Pastor Doug