He Is Risen!
April 17, 2017
This past Sunday, we gathered together to celebrate that Jesus Christ has risen.
The tomb could not contain Him.
Death itself could not contain Him.
He is risen!
I love Easter.
I love it for everything it signifies. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:17, if Christ has not been raised, your faith if futile; you are still in your sins. As Paul says, it is through Jesus’ death and resurrection that he has paid the price for our sins and opened up the way for us to be reconciled with God. It’s because of the resurrection that we are given new life through Jesus Christ.
I love how we’re reminded of that everywhere we look.
During the same time, we celebrate the new life we’ve been given through Jesus, we live in a world that is filled with signs of new life.
The trees that have been gray for months are starting to bud. New life is coming!
The quiet that’s surrounded us through winter is being replaced with all the sounds of spring. Where there was silence, we now hear children laughing and birds chirping.
The cold, brown earth is being replaced by the earliest signs of flowers beginning to bloom.
We see signs of new life everywhere we look.
And, at the same time, we look forward to summer when the dark and cold have been completely replaced by warmth and the sun.
In the same way, I love Easter because, through the resurrection, I can look forward to a day when all the darkness of this world is replaced by light and life when Jesus comes again.
We look forward to that day when, as John says in Revelation 21:4-5, there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, I am making everything new!
Pastor Jeremy Kreuze