Easter and the Real Tomb of Jesus
Easter is days away and we trust you are planning to join us for either our 9:15 A.M. or 11:00 A.M. services. This is the first year in a long time we have not been concerned with having enough parking. So, make a special effort to invite your friends and family to join us.
This time of year, with Easter near, there are will be television shows with all kinds of religious themes. I caught the preview of one of these new shows the other evening promising to tell us what happened after the Resurrection. Coincidently, it begins the Easter evening. There are others that promise to unveil mysteries that have never been discovered because new technology can see what has been missed for the past 2000 years. Hmmmm.... They got me interested.
This Easter I have been thinking about what the resurrection means to us today. It’s not just where did Jesus die? (I have been there.) But it is the tomb, the empty tomb. (Just FYI - there are different options one which tomb is the correct location. I lean toward the protestant tomb location that is pictured here.)
The empty tomb has many implications for us as Christ followers. First, it means Jesus is alive! At least 8 times Jesus said he was going to Jerusalem and that he would die and rise again. The resurrection is Jesus saying, “I told you so!” He is not just a great teacher or religious leader, He fulfilled His predictions. Even to this day, 2000 years later, people continue to attempt to discredit the resurrection but they can’t! Why do they try so hard? Because if you can’t explain the resurrection away you have to face the reality that Jesus is alive!
Second, the resurrection gives us an advantage. In John 16 Jesus said it was our advantage if He was to go away because He would send us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit convicts us and leads us to Jesus. If you have ever felt guilty, than you have experienced the Holy Spirit calling you back to Christ. Our flesh sometimes wants sinful stuff but the Holy Spirit convicts us to life in the fullness of Christ.
Third, the resurrection gives us Jesus' power. Jesus said we will receive power when the Holy Spirit come upon us. We can’t live the Christian life in our own strength. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to empower us to live in Christ. If you have experienced the resurrected Jesus, I trust you will want to share that with your friends and family this Easter.
New this Easter! If you are serving, greeting, worship team, teaching Sunday school or children’s church and you will be here for BOTH services, we will have a brief meeting in the fellowship hall at 10:35. WE fill you in on a few things, including saying thank you and prayer for the morning. And there will be food!
Most of all please be in prayer for our Easter that Jesus will be lifted up and many would come to faith in Him.