“‘Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?’ He asked them, ‘What things?’ They replied, ‘The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death
and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and beside this all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had seen a vision of
angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.’”
Resurrection. Victory. Life. Love. In just days we will be celebrating Easter. It can’t come fast enough! We need the Easter message with it’s strength and triumph and hope!
I’m more than ready, aren’t you? The Easter message is at the heart of our faith and it is at the heart of our lives. What joy indeed! But Easter Sunday can’t come without Good Friday, that is to say there is no resurrection without crucifixion.
Far too many Christians go straight from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, trading Hosannas for Alleluias, palm branches for Easter lilies, and in the process overlooking the unpleasantness in between. But, dear friends, the power is in the story. To know the sublime joy of Easter we must acknowledge the harsh reality that is Holy Week.
Therefore I invite you to fully participate in this greatest story ever told, the story of what God has done for us.
See below the listing of our Holy Week services. Please be a part. Let us worship together and make this story the very center of our hearts and lives.