From the Pastor's Pen

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the risen Lord Jesus Christ!

Easter will soon be here – alleluia, amen! What seems like a long walk through the dark valley of Lent will soon be over.  Holy week will be here just two weeks from the first of April.

Palm Sunday with all its pomp and circumstance will give way to the darker side of Holy Week with betrayal, denial, false charges, crucifixion, death. and burial.  Yes, the Son of God will bear the brunt of wicked mankind’s sin. He will pay the price, indeed.

Who would have thought the baby born in Bethlehem would face such contempt, and condescension?  “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” (Luke 23:35).  Who would have thought that what the angels proclaimed as “good news of a great joy that will be for all the people” (Luke 2:10), would turn this ugly? 

Jesus knew. He knew of God’s plan from eternity. Yet, He willingly went to the cross for you and me!  Imagine, Jesus had you and me in mind personally when He said, “It is finished.” 

So, what was finished?  His suffering, was that what was finished?  His life, is that what was finished?  All the above are kind of true. Jesus’ suffering was over when He died, and He did die physically. What was finished was God’s plan for our salvation. It is over; nothing more is needed for us to live forever. Jesus paid the price – His life!

But even though it appeared that Jesus’ life was over, it was not. No, something interrupted the women who came up from Galilee with Jesus as they set about to finish preparing His body.  There was no dead body!

The angels said, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen” (Luke 24:5,6).  That’s the Good News the angels were talking about when Jesus was born. He is alive and well!  God’s plan for our salvation is complete. “It is finished.” 

Come experience the empty tomb every Sunday, and especially on Easter Sunday as we celebrate the Feast of the Resurrection.  It is true – “…behold, I bring you good news of a great joy all the people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10, 11). Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, alleluia – amen! 

Blessings in His name,  

Pastor Hilton

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