Easter – The Answer!

Today our questions are answered!  Today we truly celebrate in worship! THE Answer stands in front of us, reaching out to hold each one us tightly.  Four worship services will be held: 6:00 a.m. Easter Sunrise Worship Service, 8:00 a.m. Traditional Worship Service, 9:15 a.m. Blended Worship Service, 10:45 a.m. Contemporary Worship Service.

“When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?’ And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back— it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.” Mark 16:1-8 ESV

It has become a small Easter tradition for me to share a devotion written by Immanuel volunteer Dave Brazzle and I feel privileged to be able to do it again this year.  Here’s Dave’s devotion:

Mark 16:1-8—Jesus Has Risen

Hallelujah! He Is Risen! Have you ever thought about what it would have felt like to be the first people to know of our Lord’s resurrection? Think of the range of emotions that these women must have felt…from the conflict of questioning if this really was the resurrection of Jesus, to the unprecedented pure joy of believing that the prophesies have been fulfilled, that all of His promises are true and that Jesus is surely the Son Of God!

The women were told to go and tell the disciples. But instead, we are told that they ran out and told no one, for they were afraid. What about us? With the help of the Holy Spirit, who lives in our hearts, we hold fast to the promise that Jesus died in payment for our sins, making us fully acceptable in God’s eyes and assuring us of our place in heaven. We know and we believe. But just as with the women at the tomb, how often do we share what we know with others, or are we also too afraid? May all of us partner with Christ and share our belief; show and tell others where your peace comes from, for God will be with us and He will provide the words that we all need.

An Easter Prayer:

Risen Savior! You have conquered death. Because you live, I shall live also. Words cannot express my joy but you know my heart. Increase my faith, dear Lord, that I may live each day with the sure and certain promise of eternal life. In your most precious name I pray, amen.

Let’s continue to look for answers together!

See you in church,
Pastor Tom

Author: Pastor Tom

Pastor Tom Acton

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