From Pastor Davies – 4/11
Easter gives us three very special gifts: 1) a resurrection, 2)a mission, and 3) a promise.
First of all, Easter gives us a resurrection. Easter gives us new life, a new vitality, and a new sense of victory over sin, over despair, over defeat, and even over death. Christ conquered death, and through Him – through faith in Him and by His power and grace – so can we. It is interesting to note that on that first Easter, Christ was not the only one resurrected. The disciples were resurrected too! Look at them. After Good Friday, they were down and out, devastated and defeated, despondent and disillusioned. They were the very picture of death. But when they found the resurrected Christ, they found new life; no more weeping, no more complaining, no more self-pity. Now they were running, shouting, rejoicing, and celebrating.
Second, Easter gives us a mission. With the good news of resurrection came a new responsibility, a new calling, a new job, a new mission. The risen Christ – both then and now – sends His followers out into the world with the message of His sacrificial love. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). Jesus is saying to us, “Take up the torch. Be my evangelists!” For sure, Easter gives us a resurrection, but Easter also gives us that important mission to take God’s sacrificial love to a troubled and hurting world.
Finally, along with a resurrection and a mission, Easter gives us a promise. Easter gives us the promise of God’s strong presence always with us, the promise that God will never desert us. Remember how Jesus put it: “I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20b). No matter what problems or persecutions we have to face, no matter what obstacles or adversaries we encounter, there is one thing we can always count on: the promise of God to always be with us. And nothing, not even death, can separate us from God and God’s love through Christ Jesus.
Friends, don’t miss these great promises of Easter. See you this Sunday!