This Sunday, we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. As a part of your personal preparation, I invite you to read some thoughts below…
A few thousand years ago, a certain leader called out a dozen friends and together they shared life. At times they grew weary of each other’s company, but most often they enjoyed life as a group. There were long days of walking from city to city, arriving late in the day with no plan for overnight accommodations. There were certain highlights that became forever etched in their memories.
One day they traveled several miles to be a part of a wedding celebration and their leader’s mom became desperate because they were running out of wine. A group of servants went to the well and filled the pots with water and then in an instant the water was transformed into wine. (John 2:1-11)
Another time the crew entered into the Synagogue on the Sabbath day and met a guy who had a withered hand. This leader healed him, even though it was against the Jewish law. (Matthew 12:9-14)
These guys lived during the time of the Roman occupation. The Roman soldiers were the private, tough guys…they were not into relationships or sharing their feelings. There was one time though when a Roman Centurion told these guys about a servant who had become paralyzed. The leader simply spoke and the servant was healed. (Matthew 8:5-13)
These miracles frustrated the Jewish leaders and they puzzled the Romans, but they inspired the average citizen.
The guys traveled and their leader taught them many things on the road. He spoke plainly at times and He spoke in parables at times. One thing was always true, his teaching was unmatched by any other teacher.
People started to congregate into groups of hundreds and even thousands.
One day several thousand gathered out on the hillside to hear the teachings of this leader. Everything was going great until people started to get hungry. There was no budget for food and even worse there was no plan to gather and distribute food. Within minutes everyone was fed and they were picking up leftovers.
There were many more miracles. There were lessons taught and lessons learned. Experiences became memories that forged relationships. There was suspense, laughter, anger, tears, hopes and dreams.
There were some intense moments with religious leaders…tempers flared…deals were made…and Jesus was betrayed…an illegal trial…a guilty verdict…a sentence to crucifixion…
Shouting was silenced as Jesus hung on the cross…everything grew dark…and then it was over.
Jesus accepted the sin of the whole world on Himself.
The Saturday sun rose and set…and then it happened…Early in the morning, on the first day of the week, Jesus rose from the dead!
Jesus has conquered sin and death and is alive forevermore.
Whether or not you celebrate with us at New Life, I hope you celebrate. The Resurrection is the greatest event in the history of the world.
He is Risen,