by: Dan Jarvis
Are you ready for the most important weekend on the Christian calendar?
It begins tonight with the remembrance of Jesus' final meal with the disciples before crucifixion. When he showed them the meaning of servanthood. When he commanded them to love each other as He had loved them. When he stared into the face of his betrayer and then retreated to the garden for prayer.
Good Friday might have been called the worst Friday in the history of the world. If evil had its way, that's what we'd be commemorating - the day that the Creator was killed by his own creation. But instead - it's a good day because it proves God's power trumps evil every time. Little known to His executors, there was a bigger plan in motion, for Jesus to offer love on a scale never imagined by the enemies of God.
All is quiet on Saturday. Throughout the day, we remember Jesus' lifeless body, laying in a borrowed tomb. We think of the heartbroken and disoriented disciples - a whole host of men and women who had put their faith in Jesus as Messiah. Was that faith misplaced? They had believed, but now what?
First light on this particular morning brought evidence that LIGHT was shining in a way never before seen on earth. LIFE triumphed over death, as Jesus resurrected - in a physical, yet glorified body fit for eternal life. And with his resurrection a promise to us - that if we believe in Him, we can join Him!
Easter morning, we hope to see you at either 9:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. for Easter worship and a celebration of LIFE. Remember how the whole message of the Bible has been about ever-enjoyable, ever-expanding life? And how the mission of God is life? Well, the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the first Easter Sunday morning is the key to all of it. It's the redemption of creation, the healing of humanity, our hope for future joy!
Because He lives,