A WORD FROM PASTOR STEVE

From our monthly WaterMark email newsletter

The Cross and the Resurrection

The Cross and Resurrection set Christianity in a category unlike any religion, philosophy, or moral code.

Consider this brief article from The Centennial Bible: “The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth stand as the defining point of history. No other event, before or since, has impacted society, culture, art, science, literature, and civilization to such a degree.”

“On Good Friday, the death of Jesus opened the way to God, made full atonement for sin, and began unraveling humankind’s fall into sin and its malignant web. On Easter Sunday, the Resurrection of Jesus redefined not only the span of human life, but also its purpose and design. Death does not have the final say. The grave’s power is broken. Evil’s grip is loosened. And the veil that shrouds humankind’s true splendor as sacred beings made in the image of God is cast away. There are purposes for us far beyond this mere mundane existence. There is a future to look forward to, and the decisions we make on earth can alter the shape of that future. This is the earth-shattering good news Jesus and his followers proclaimed.”

Read again the crucifixion and resurrection stories at the end of each of the gospels. Meditate on the gravity of this week in Jesus’ life. Attend our Maundy-Thursday communion service at 7 pm. And then be ready to celebrate Resurrection Sunday with us at 8:00, 9:30, or 11:00!

The cross is the proof of God’s love for you. The empty tomb is proof that you can be raised just like Jesus!

Praying for you,

Pastor Steve