Thursday, March 29, 2018

Happy Easter 2018

This Sunday marks the most important date on the Christian calendar – Easter Sunday – the celebration of the resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  The message of Easter is Love, love to the uttermost.  In the words of John Piper, “To love to the uttermost is to love freely, without reserve or limit, and without flaw or failure. Love to the uttermost is unquenchable, unstoppable, and resolute. As we watch his arrest and trial and death unfold for eight days, we gaze on a Christ who begrudges no pain or reproach on his pathway to redeem lost sinners. This is the man who ‘humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.’”

Good Friday memorializes the death of Jesus at the hands of a corrupt government and at the behest of the religious establishment.  Without knowing it, these men put into play a plan that God had ordained  before the foundations of the world – a plan to save the world and to grant His kingdom to His people.  This was a death that Jesus accepted voluntarily for the love of His people. “For the joy set before Him, he endured death on a cross.”

The victory over death of Easter Sunday only comes after the dark evil of Good Friday.  The Good News is that bad news will finally be stomped out for good.  This is the hope of the Cross.  I hope that you can share in this hope.  Best wishes to you and your family this Easter.