March 10, 2021

Dear Friends,

Are you ready? It’s almost time.Thank you Johnny and Chachi!

Easter has a way of sneaking up on us, doesn’t it.

Unlike the Christmas season, don’t have all the cultural reminders that Easter is on the way. There are no radio stations playing all Easter music, all the time. There’s no mention of the coming holiday in TV ads. Most of us haven’t done much to decorate the house to get ready to celebrate. And to top it all of, because it’s a floating holiday and not a fixed date on the calendar, most of us find ourselves asking Alexa “when is Easter this year?”

It’s 25 days away. April 4. Good Friday is three weeks from this Friday.

In some ways, it makes sense that Easter takes a back seat to Christmas. We throw parties on birthdays. We may or may not remember the day when a loved one passed away. A newborn is a source of joy. A funeral brings grief.

But Easter is not a funeral. It’s a new birth. It’s the death of death. It’s our celebration of Jesus’ validation of His claim to be the resurrection and the life. “He who believes in me,” Jesus said, “though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.”

That’s a bold statement for someone to make.

A week later, Jesus proved it was not a boast. It was a promise.

The days leading up to Easter should be a time for us to remember and reflect on the reason Jesus came. For God to bring redemption and salvation to a fallen, rebellious people, there had to be a perfect sacrifice. There had to be a bloody cross. “It was my sin that held Him there until it was accomplished.”

The only road to the empty tomb takes us past Calvary. The journey to joy takes us first to a night of deep sorrow that leads finally to the hill of torture and death.

So as we spend time preparing our hearts for Easter, readying ourselves for the grand celebration of death being swallowed up in victory, let us also take time to be freshly sobered by our stubborn sin that made both Good Friday and Easter necessary. And let us be humbled again by the willingness of Jesus to offer Himself up for us. It is the ultimate declaration of the Father’s love for us – that while we were still sinners, Jesus died for us. “Amazing love, how can it be, that thou, my God, shouldst die for me.”

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE ~ Fri, Apr 2 7:00pm

As a church, we will gather in person and on line on Friday night, April 2 at 7:00 pm for our traditional Good Friday worship service. We will pause at Golgotha, as we should, before we gather on Easter morning to celebrate the most significant event in all of human history.

It’s that time of year. Don’t let it sneak up on you. Spend time preparing your heart as you ponder anew the grace, mercy and sacrifice of Jesus for us – for you.

Football season is long over, but this Sunday, we’ll strap on our helmets (spiritually speaking) as we consider how a growing understanding of salvation protects us from evil and from temptation.

See you (in person or on line) Sunday!

Soli Deo Gloria!
Pastor Bob

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