New Life Sunday – 3 celebrations…

This Sunday is a big deal…for at least three reasons!
 
1. It’s Easter
 
2. It’s my dad’s 70th birthday
 
3. It marks the 7 year anniversary of New Life
 
The importance of these milestones are really in order. Easter is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.
 
This is no small claim!
 
Every Sunday, Christ followers gather all over the world to celebrate the fact that our Lord, Jesus of Nazareth died, was buried and then literally rose from the dead.
 
I can totally see why non-believers struggle with the claims of Jesus. It’s not normal for one third of the world’s population to come together and then celebrate the life after death of “God in the flesh.” This is such an outrageous claim that the Apostle Paul broke it down like this, “If Christ has not been raised from the dead, then our preaching is in vain and our faith is in vain” (1 Corinthians15:14).
 
There is no way to accept this in a way that is even remotely compromising…either Jesus lived as a real human on earth (who ate, slept, laughed, cried, worked, relaxed, etc.), and then was crucified and then was put in a tomb for three days AND THEN CAME BACK TO LIFE…or an incredible amount of time, money and lives have been wasted over the past 2,000 years.
 
Easter is the Grand Annual Celebration of the RESURRECTION OF GOD IN THE FLESH…so yeah, it’s a pretty big deal :).
 
This Sunday is also my dad’s birthday. My dad is the one who introduced me to Jesus from the beginning of my life. My dad is also a man who has faithfully lived for the cause of Jesus and some day…dad will be able to meet Jesus face to face.
 
WOW!
 
And because of dads influence, I will also be able to meet Jesus. It would be impossible to communicate the incredible impact that my dad has had for the cause of Christ.
 
Finally, this Sunday marks the end of 7 years that New Life has been in existence. This is all because of Jesus…and also because of faithful people like my dad who have committed to live for Jesus.
 
So I think that it is only fitting for the sermon this Sunday to finish part two of a three part series on Legacy. Starting with Jesus, each of us has an opportunity to “live a life that lasts.” We will study the Resurrection account from Matthew 28:1-10.
 
I hope you will join in the celebration and accept the challenge.
 
He is Risen!
Troy

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