March’s Newsletter

Dear Friends,
At the end of this month, we have the cross awaiting us. At the end of this month, we have the uncertain day of Holy Saturday, in which we experience the depth of despair that the Lord of Life has had His life snuffed out. And then on Easter Sunday, Jesus comes back to life. Jesus is resurrected. He has risen, just as He said.

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How fitting that Easter is on April 1! Many would say that our faith is one of fooling others and ourselves—that we are perpetuating a myth by stating that Jesus Christ rose from the grave. Many would say that this is the ultimate and fitting April Fool’s joke—many would not believe it.

Interesting enough, there is more than enough evidence to prove that, indeed, Jesus did rise from the dead. The first is that the disciples did not believe it either on that first Easter morning. They doubted the possibility that Jesus could rise—they would not believe Mary Magdalene nor their own eyes. Only two ran to the tomb to confirm this even though it was only a few blocks from where they were meeting.

Confirmation of the reality of the resurrection of Jesus Christ is also found in the fact that no body was produced to debunk the myths of the resurrection. A great movie on this topic is “Risen” which came out a few years ago. Without a body, there is no proof that Jesus is truly dead.

Confirmation of the resurrection is found in eye witness accounts found in Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20, I Corinthians 15, Acts 9, and I could go on. Eye witness ac-counts are as valid in the 1st century as today to confirm the reality of an event.

There are many ways to confirm the reality of the resurrection but I would like to point to one last one—the change in the apostles. They went from scared, defeated followers to bold proclaimers. That just does not happen because they are perpetuating an April Fool’s hoax. This only happens if they are sharing the truth.

As we embrace the reality of the resurrection, then we show others that we are truly grounded in grace, that we live in love, and are growing for God.

 

In Christ’s Love, Pastor Mark