Post Easter Message from the Pastor’s desk….
He is not here; he has risen!
Easter Sunday came and went, but the hope of Easter didn’t. For as the song states
“Ev’ry morning is Easter morning from now on!
Ev’ry day’s resurrection day, the past is over and gone!”
And I want for us all to remember that truth. For what happened on Easter morning changed the course of human destiny forever. It brought to completion the plan of God that was envisioned before there was the first “Let there be” command. The Bible tells us that from before the foundation of the world, God already knew that the beloved he would create this world to live in, would fall away from God. That knowing this, God had put into place plans to restore his beloved back to him before the first ‘Let there be’. Go ahead, read it up, check it out for yourself. One of the many scriptures on this subject is to be found in Ephesians 1:4. “For God chose us in Christ before the creation of the world, to be holy and blameless in his sight”. And it was all accomplished through the events leading up to the cross, on the cross, and with the blazing announcement of Easter, ‘He is not here; He has Risen!”.
So, say good bye to the past, it’s a new day for you. Say goodbye to past failures, today marks a new beginning. Christ isn’t only in the business of resurrecting physical bodies, and our dead spirits but in restoring qualitative life, relevance, fulfillment and purpose. “I come to give you life, and have it to the full” John 10:10. Yes, go ahead, make a list of all the worries, all the failures that haunt you at nights, and then bury it, or shred it, or burn it! The past is over and gone, and having unload it just follow after Jesus, yes follow him, take the step to trust him with your whole life, not just your salvation.
And if you haven’t said yes to his gift of salvation, it’s time to change all of that. “I am the way, the truth and the life”, Jesus says, “no one comes to God except through me”. John 14:6. And his invitation is to come as you are. Weary and heavy burdened with living? Listen to this offer from him “Come unto me all who are weary and heavy burden and I will give you rest”. Matt 11:28. And how do you come to him? “If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9. Can it get any better than that, YES, it gets better. Salvation is FREE. The transaction is IMMEDIATE. There is NO PROBATIONARY period. And it gets better!! It is PERMANENT!!!! Nobody and nothing can take away what God has given you. Your salvation is shielded by the very power of God through your putting your trust in Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:4. And how do I find that kind of faith to believe you ask? Simply ask God for the faith. Only God can give you believing faith, so ask him in all sincerity. One of God’s many promise is that “if you seek me with all your heart you will find me”, Jeremiah 29:13.
So, say yes to Christ’s Lordship, yes to his gift of salvation, hand your life over to him (you certainly aren’t doing a good job of handling it). Then, follow Christ around. Follow him in his word, do as he says, live as he says, love as he says, keep your eyes fixed on him, and “every little ting” as Bob Marley sings, “gonna be alright”. Sounds simplistic? I guess it does to some of you. But your complicated life and understanding certainly isn’t working, trust the word of God. The way of Christ is the way not only to eternal life but to a peaceful, abundant life here on earth. You see in Christ, you get the whole deal, why gamble on other things for which you will be a certain loser? Come home to God.
Rev. Narcisse (Cherie) Philips