From Inside Our April, 2018 Newsletter

Dear Messiah,

Happy Easter! Christ is risen! He rises from death so that we can have the promise that we are free to be the children of God!

We celebrate every year, but so often we take Easter for granted.  Easter is a big deal for you and me.

Below are just some of the reasons Easter matters:

  • Because of Easter, your past is forgiven. There is nothing in your past that can keep you from the love of God. You no longer need to worry about having the Day of the Lord reigning down on you. All because Jesus took it all, and then is raised on Easter.
  • Because of Easter, you can be sure that God is for you. In Romans 8, Paul writes "if God is with us, who can be against us". No matter how bad of a day, week or year you are having, it is not a reflection of God's favor or disfavor towards you. In Easter we see God's unconditional love and favor for you as he Himself gives his life so that you can have the promise that you will always be his child.
  • Because of Easter you are free from the stress of perfection. You don't need to compare yourself to the seemingly perfect people on your Facebook news feed.  Jesus loves you even in your mess and even joins you in it, so that you can be united with him in his perfect resurrection.
  • Because of Easter, death does not have the final say.  We all know that at some point or another death will come. Many of us grieve the loss of people we love. Paul says "Oh death where is your victory. Oh death where is your sting." (I Corinthians 15:55) In Christ's resurrection, we celebrate that we too will be raised!

These are just a few of the key reasons Easter really matters! There are so many reasons to be thankful for Easter.

This Easter I hope you are able to join us April 1st and shout out with me "Christ is risen!" He is risen indeed!" We have a sunrise worship service at 7 am in the Memorial Garden and then Festival Worships at 8:30 and 11 am in the sanctuary.

God's Peace,

Pastor Mark Adrian