“He is risen!”
“He is risen indeed!”
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This is a traditional greeting and response amongst God’s people on Easter morning.
In a way, this exchange makes us witnesses together with the women at Jesus’ tomb of the resurrection. The tomb was empty, “He is risen just as He said.” (Matthew 28:6) But more than that, the resurrection of Jesus changes us.
Having believed the good news of the gospel, that Jesus Christ came to earth to save us from our sin through His death on the cross, we revel at Easter in the glorious truth of His resurrection and the promise and hope of everlasting life and a world redeemed.
It is the resurrection that confirms to us the truth of the gospel. Jesus is no longer dead, He is alive! Our lives are changed forever not just because He died on the cross for our sins, but because Jesus lives again.
Because of the resurrection the power of sin and death is broken. I am no longer a slave to sin, I too am alive in Christ and there is power to resist temptation.
“For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 6:9-11)
Not only that I am adopted into God’s family with rights as an heir.
“So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.” (Galatians 4:7)
Because Jesus lives, I am a new creation.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! ” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Because Jesus lives, He intercedes for me at the right hand of the Father. He knows what it is like to live as a human and there is nothing I experience that He does not understand.
“After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God.” (Mark 16:19)
“Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” (Hebrews 17:25)
Because Jesus lives, He promises Heaven
“’My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.'” (John 14:2-3)
and a new body.
“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” (Romans 8:11)
Because Jesus lives, He will finish what He started.
“…looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)
“…he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)
Because Jesus lives, there is great hope in any trial we face and a reason for joy today.
When you hear this simple yet glorious exchange of truth this Resurrection Sunday let it confirm these gospel truths in your heart.
Remember we have two services this week 8:30 and 11:00am so that there will be plenty of room to invite friends and neighbors.
Pastor Sean will teach on the Resurrection this Sunday during Sunday School at 10:00am. This is a great opportunity to share the historical and personal significance of this event.
Come for a light breakfast beginning at 7:30 with pastries, fruit, deviled and hard boiled eggs and yogurt served by the Sr. High Youth Group.
Retreat balances are due April 7th. There will be a table in the foyer to collect money and sign up for rooms and arrange carpooling on the 7th. There is still room available! Come to the mountains as a “Daughter of the King” May 3-5, $120 includes all meals.
Women’s Breakfast April 20th at 9am. Debra Smith will share about local opportunities for ministry to the Afghan people in our community. For those who missed her presentation during Missions Month, you’ll be blessed. Bring a friend and something to share.
Summer Bible Studies for ladies 15 and up
Tuesday morning with childcare beginning June 4th: Trusting God by Jerry Bridges
Thursday evenings beginning June 6th: Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick
Look for more details soon!
Summer Study for Girls – rising 6th grade-14 years old
Becoming a True Woman while I’m Still in Middle School will be held summer Sunday afternoons between morning service and evening service. Transportation for girls provided to a home for lunch, Bible Study, fellowship, ministry activity, and transportation back to church. More information to come…
Looking for Hostesses Sunday Afternoons for Girl’s Summer Study
Would you be willing to open your home and host a simple meal one Sunday after church this summer? This is an excellent way to get to know our wonderful young ladies and live out our covenant vows. You need not lead the study or provide transportation, just be willing to open your home for the afternoon and feed the girls. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information.
As always, we desire to communicate ministry opportunities or needs. Contact us at our new email: email@example.com and we’ll get the word out!
In His grace,
for the NLICC Women’s Committee