Dear Bethel Family,
Today we recognize the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His sacrificial death for us and the fact that the tomb is empty is an event that should always be in the forefront of our minds. The realization that Christ loved us enough to willingly suffer crucifixion is something that I have a hard time understanding. As we read the gospel accounts of the last days of our Lord before His resurrection, we are shocked and amazed at what He suffered for us. The gospel writers each describe that event in detail. The horrors of the crucifixion are placed before us as we read the accounts in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Each writer describes the holy week in great detail. Our thoughts are turned towards Christ in thankfulness as we ponder that event and the fact that He did and continues to love each of us unconditionally. He suffered greatly for us. Our salvation is free because of what Jesus accomplished at Calvary. We remember this morning that the tomb is empty, Jesus is alive, He cares for you and I, and He loves us with a perfect, eternal, and holy love. How important it is then that we love Him and honor Him as we live our lives here and now. I pray that the Cross and what it stands for will motivate us to do our very best for Him. We live in a world that for the most part is lost and dying. People are entering eternity separated from the God who loves them. We are to be busy doing the Lord's work. This means that we are to tell others of Jesus who desires that they have a relationship with Him.
This is the season of Spring. It is a glorious time of year as we see His creation experiencing new life. Not only did Jesus die for us so that we might experience a new life, but He also wants us to renew and rededicate our lives to Him. If sin has taken you down a notch or two, and if the enemy has whispered that there is no use and no hope, remember that he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44) No one has sunk too deep in sin and unholy living that it's impossible to be forgiven. Christ stands ready to forgive and renew if only we ask Him. He is a gracious, loving God full of mercy and compassion. Just as He brings new life into the world, so will He refresh, encourage, strengthen, and renew a life that has fallen away. Keep your focus on the resurrection this morning. He died so that we may live. Give Him thanks for He is worthy! Have a wonderful week as you serve the risen Savior!
Soli Deo Gloria, For the glory of God alone.
"Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us,
we have to see it as something done by us."
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Recommended reading: "One Minute After You Die," by Erwin W. Lutzer. "Forgiveness," by Charles Stanley
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