April’s Newsletter

Dear Friends,
Easter is over. Now what? In the Gospel of John, the disciples had the same ques-tion—now that Jesus has risen from the dead, what does that mean to me, to us? Since they did not know what to do, they went back to the one thing that they knew for sure—they went fishing. (John 21:1-3).

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Jesus came to them and gave them instructions concerning what comes next. In the Gospel of John, when Jesus was talking to Peter, about what to do now that the resurrection was a reality, Jesus said to, “Tend my lambs and feed my sheep.” That task comes to us across the ages—now that the resurrection is over, we are to feed the lambs and sheep of God. We are to tend them and feed them by providing Christian education such as Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Bible studies. We are to tend them by protecting them from those who seek to injure them. We are to provide food for those less fortunate and help those who are down and out.

Now that the resurrection is over—now what? In the Gospel of Matthew, on the moun-tain top in Galilee, Jesus gave this charge to us—“Make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to ob-serve all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20). We are to share the Good News of the gospel. It is our responsibility to live this gospel and then to share it with all those who are in need. We share it in prayer, with words, and in deeds.

What do we do now that the resurrection is over? We are to take our learning opportu-nities seriously and go to Sunday School, VBS, and Bible Study. We are to live as God has redeemed us to be advocates for those who are hurting, and we are to be lights for those who are in darkness. May we embrace the opportunities that God presents to us to share and to live as the resurrected ones.

In Christ’s Love, Pastor Mark