April 2018

Greetings in the name of our Risen Savior, Jesus Christ;

As I write this we are just about through the season of Lent. I am joyful and excited about the coming celebration of Easter.

Friends, we have been through some hard times and some good times and through it all we have been faithful. We have been strengthened and comforted by our God and Savior.

On Sunday, March 25. we will celebrate the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Just imagine the cheering crowd and the waving palm branches as He rode by and then the disappointment that followed when their expectations weren’t met. As we celebrate Holy Week, contemplate on your expectations of Jesus; your expectations of the church. Are you like many of those in Jerusalem, so many years ago, missing the point?

Jesus didn’t come to be a conquering hero as they expected. He came to conquer sin and death. Sometimes we expect Jesus to answer our shopping list of requests and we are disappointed when we think that our needs (wants and desires) aren’t being fulfilled. But the truth for us is this. Jesus came to free us, as well as those confused people of long ago, from the bondage of sin and death.

Jesus defeated death. He lives forever and we can too. John 3:16-17 says, 16"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” If we believe that he came to forgive our sins and profess with our mouths that He is our Lord and Savior, we too will have eternal life.

Those people in Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday missed the point and a few days later chanted for His crucifixion. He said that He would rebuild the temple in three days and He did.

Praise God, HE IS RISEN! That is what it’s all about. Believe and enjoy that abundant life He promised.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Bill

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