The Easter season is my most favorite time to preach. Not because of the holiday but because of the events it commemorates. Do you realize what happened in the eight days from Palm Sunday through Easter are the most important events in history? Those events of course are the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
The reality of Jesus’ resurrection matters–it really matters. We celebrate the Resurrection in the Spring. It’s easy to mix the Resurrection in with flowers popping up and the smell of new earth being turned over to plant gardens and with new beginnings. I love Spring. I spent most of my life in Kansas where the winters could be long and cold and snowy and cold and messy and cold– well you get the idea. It was great when warm weather arrived. As a kid, Spring meant more motorcycle riding time.
But Easter is more than flowers and Spring. Jesus’ death on the cross paid the price for our sins; His resurrection proved that He could do that! The guilt of sin removed and the promise of eternity with God. What could be more exciting than to tell people about that? Read 1 Corinthians 15 again, if you haven’t read it recently. At the first of the chapter, Paul underscores that Christ’s resurrection is not some strange idea invented by imaginative minds. It’s a central belief verified by history and confirmed by many credible witnesses. Christ’s resurrection is God’s irrefutable statement that Jesus is the Messiah, that He alone has all authority. It is a confirmation that when we die, we too will live again. Jesus is the prototype for all of us. The same Spirit who raised Him from death will raise us from death and actually lives in Christ-followers now.
We have some special events to help all of us at Longview Christian Church celebrate and remember the events surrounding Jesus’ resurrection. New this year is the 8:15 Chapel Service, Easter morning, in the Big Room (if we had a chapel we would have it in there). This will be a smaller gathering with music accompanied by one guitar. Only an infant nursery will be provided. The service will be shorter with Communion and the same message as will be preached at the other services.
Here is the schedule:
Palm Sunday Picnic — March 29, at 5:00pm
A special Communion Service — Thursday, April 2, at 7:00pm, child care for infants through 2 years old.
Easter Worship Services –8:15 Chapel service, 9:30am and 11:00am (2 identical services with child care for infants through Kindergarten). No Foundations classes. Bagels and donuts will be available before and after the Chapel service in the Big Room.
Let’s celebrate together!