Don’t Look Beyond the Cross
Don’t make the mistake of looking beyond the cross as we prepare for Easter Sunday.
Sunday will most certainly be a day of joyous celebration! We will unite our voices with those of a thousand generations in declaring, “He is not here; the tomb is empty!”
Our celebration, however, will focus more upon the cross than the empty tomb.
John Stott, in The Cross of Christ, wrote,
“The resurrection cannot stand by itself. Since it is a resurrection from death, its significance is determined by the nature of this death.”
A literal and emotional darkness
Our annual Tenebrae service begins this Friday evening at 7:30. Tenebrae is the Latin words for “darkness.” Together we will remember the events of Good Friday when darkness covered the land. A literal as well as emotional darkness. The service will challenge us all to reflect upon the significance of death of Jesus.
Easter Sunday we will focus upon what Stott calls, “The divine reversal of the human verdict.” We will join the apostolic declaration that Jesus’ death defeated both sin and the grave!” Celebrate alongside others in worship at 9:00 or 10:30.
Jesus’ death changed everything!
His Spirit within us changes everything about our lives.
This truth has never been more true.
I look forward to seeing your Friday and Sunday.