Resurrection

ALL MY EGGS IN ONE BASKET

Recently Mike McKinley’s book, Passion, grabbed me. It’s a good read this time of year. As you might have guessed, my blog title is about Easter. But it’s not what you think. Yes, I do have all my eggs in one basket. I am not referring to a basket of Easter eggs. My basket is the resurrection of Christ.

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The events leading up to Easter morning are discouraging; Jesus was given a kingly welcome into Jerusalem but then executed on a cross. His followers were scattered and scared. Death was not what they expected. Paul said “…if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.”  If there is no resurrection then there is no forgiveness, no life after death, and nothing to live for except self (cf. Acts 2:22-24; Rev. 1:18).

But Easter changed everything. Jesus was resurrected and details of the story confirm it. Jesus was raised. All my eggs are in one basket. I am betting on Christ’s resurrection. McKinley lists three ways the resurrection changes everything. First, for the believer you have the guarantee of being “saved from eternal death, for eternal life.”  The resurrection is an act of God showing the Father has accepted Christ’s death in our place for our sin. We are secure in Christ forever.

Second, you don’t have to live like this life is all there is. “If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.” (I Cor. 15:19) But believers are free to give their lives away. Don’t waste your life on sinful desires, getting your “dream house,” or becoming successful.  I am not advocating doing nothing until the rapture. But give your life for the cause of Christ in some way. Commit to helping others and sharing the gospel. And, most of all be part of God’s program for this life, the church. There is nothing else like it.

Third, because of the resurrection you have an ever-present Savior. His Holy Spirit was sent to be with us and empower us for whatever He wants. That is so comforting when you are alone and unsure. You can call on Him for wisdom, direction, comfort and know He hears. Such a deal, all this and heaven too!

This is one of my favorite paintings done by my son Ezra the artist after he returned from Israel where he visited the garden tomb site where Christ was taken and later resurrected.

This is one of my favorite paintings done by my son Ezra the artist after he returned from Israel where he visited the garden tomb site where Christ was taken and later resurrected.

How about you? Where are your eggs? Unsure about the resurrection or why it is so critically important?  Whatever your situation why not join us Easter weekend as we celebrate and learn more of the story.

·        4/19 7:00pm Good Friday.  I will speak on Father, Forgive Them from Luke 23 and the importance of seeing ourselves on the cross. (Livestreamed)

·        4/21 9:30am Easter Sea of Galilee Breakfast. An informal fellowship time with light breakfast

·        4/21 10:30am Easter Worship  Pastor Chris speaking on The Good News of Your Faith and Love" from 1 Thes. 3:6. (Livestreamed)

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 -Pastor Mark Suko  

 

HE IS RISEN INDEED!!

John 2:19 Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."

Painting of the Western Wall and Golden Gate today that opens toward the remains of the Temple that was destroyed in 70 A.D..   Painting by Ezra Suko

Painting of the Western Wall and Golden Gate today that opens toward the remains of the Temple that was destroyed in 70 A.D..   Painting by Ezra Suko

Miniature model in Jerusalem of the Temple as it was in Christ's time.

Miniature model in Jerusalem of the Temple as it was in Christ's time.

John 2:22 “When therefore He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken”

John 11:25-26  Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies,   and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?"

Mat 12:40  (Jesus said of himself) “for just as JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE BELLY OF THE SEA MONSTER, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.  For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,  and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

Revelation 1:17-19 ESV (The resurrected Jesus speaking) “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.”

EASTER SUNDAY EVENTS

  • 7:00 a.m. Community Sunrise Service at Haven of Rest Cemetery on Highway 16 just North of Gig Harbor. 
  • 9:30 a.m. Sea of Galilee Fellowship Easter Breakfast. Bring a breakfast snack to share.   
  • 10:30 a.m. Easter Worship w/pastor Mark speaking on Mark 16:1-8.

Scriptures quoted are from NASB 1995 unless otherwise stated.

IS HE RISEN??

Could Christ really have risen from the dead? Is the resurrection really true or is it just a religious tradition that developed over the centuries? Everyone in today's world knows that when someone is dead they don't come back to life...do they? 

All kinds of theories have been advanced to explain the miracle of Easter away. Some say Christ's body didn't really die but swooned in the coolness of the tomb and later he came to and left. Others suggest there was body snatching going on and so on. Even in the Biblical account they had a hard time believing He had come to life even though He said he would. 

But once the disciples saw Christ really had been dead and really was raised and that numerous miracles surrounded His resurrection...then they finally believed. Before the resurrection the disciples were fearful, unbelieving and discouraged. After it they were amazed, totally changed and willing to proclaim His Great Commission in the face of persecution and death. They were unstoppable as they proclaimed the message to all points of the compass.

The empty tomb by Ezra Suko. It is my favorite painting of this place that I have been to two times.

The empty tomb by Ezra Suko. It is my favorite painting of this place that I have been to two times.

The bodily resurrection of Christ is the greatest miracle of all. All His other miracles led up to it.  It confirmed all that Christ said. It authenticated who He was...God in the flesh. It made our salvation and forgiveness of sin possible. It is our hope and joy and we look forward to His second coming. Join us this weekend as we and millions of other Christians around the world celebrate this amazing truth spoken of in God's Word. "He is risen!"  

EASTER WEEKEND EVENTS

  • 7:00 p.m. 3/30  Good Friday Communion Service w/Pastor Chris speaking. 
  • 9:30 a.m. 4/1  Sea of Galilee Fellowship Easter Breakfast. Bring a breakfast snack to share.  
  • 10:30 a.m. 4/1  Easter Worship w/pastor Mark speaking from Mark 16:1-8.