Newsletter: April 18, 2019

April 18, 2019 at 3:47 pm Categories: E-newsletter

April 18, 2019

The Message is Hope

First Alliance Church

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Three women were on a mission to attend to Jesus’ body when they realized they had a problem. They knew where he had been buried, but they had no idea who would help them roll the stone away so they could anoint the body. Much to their surprise, the stone had already been moved away by the time they arrived at the tomb. A bigger shock occurred when an angel told them, “He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen.” Upon hearing that, they ran away with a mixture of fear and joy. Their next encounter was with the risen Jesus Himself!

Jesus’ story does not end with the empty tomb, but as far as I knew when I was growing up, that was where the story ended. I understood that Jesus loved and healed people; that he was crucified, died, was buried; and rose on the day we now celebrate as Easter Sunday. But until I became a Christian at the age of 22, I did not know the significance of what he did on the cross nor that he was still alive! I had not heard the really good news.

Jesus did not deserve to die, but in agreement with and in obedience to the Father, he chose to submit to a torturous lonely death in order to pay the penalty for every sinful thought, word, or action I ever committed. And not just for me – He paid the price of every sin of every person who would ever believe that He is Lord.

He didn’t just settle the score. With his resurrection, he provided hope for both the present and the future. He established a path to life in heaven with himself and the Father for all eternity. For the present, he places us into the family of believers (the Church), provides the comfort of his Holy Spirit within us, and gives us a job to do – to make disciples – while he sits on the throne of the kingdom of God, guiding and interceding for us. In Revelation 3:21, Jesus reminds us that he “was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.” He invites us to join in the victory, by faith.

Tonight, Maundy Thursday, join us at 7PM for an opportunity to come together and reflect on the final 36 hours that led up to Jesus’ death on the cross. I pray that we see with fresh eyes the power of the cross and the risen Savior and help our neighbors and children know the whole story.

The tomb may be empty, but the throne is not!

Deb MacKay

Executive Pastor

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