On Thursday, we reflected on the events that took place in the Upper Room on the night Jesus was betrayed as we were given the command from Him to ‘Love one another’.
Yesterday, we remembered and recalled the events of Good Friday. Our Lord beaten, bloodied, and bruised for us. Crucified on the cross crying out to His Father, our Father, the same words we at times call out to Him: “My God, my God, why?” As Jesus took on the sins of the world, our sin, and died so that we might live.
Tomorrow, on Easter Sunday we will celebrate again that three days later the stone was rolled away, the tomb was empty, he was not there for HE IS RISEN!
But that’s Sunday – today’s only Saturday and so we are waiting, many of us alone, isolated from each other, longing for, pining for a time when we can gather with others once again. It reminds me of the way after the death of Jesus the disciples locked themselves away in a room in fear. But the good news of Easter and of that story is that Jesus, risen from the dead, came to them where they were. In the middle of their fear, in the middle of all the emotions that they were going through, Jesus came to them in grace and said to them “Peace be with you”.
And that’s what I love about Easter Sunday. Jesus rose to life again, and because of that, we don’t need to live in fear, we can be assured of his presence with us, as He comes to us in our time of need and in grace reminds us that because of what He did, we now have life, forgiveness and salvation. That, I believe is worth celebrating because it teaches us that it is nothing to do with us at all, and all to do with Him.
I look forward to an amazing celebration with you tomorrow, as we gather together as church (virtually, of course) and I encourage you to invite your family, your friends, and your neighbours to watch, experience or listen (phone-in available for all services) as we hear again the story of God’s Amazing Grace – when life begins again.
I would like to just acknowledge all those who have helped out in our worship services over the past month – from the wonderful staff team that I serve alongside, our online worship ‘leaders’, our hosts/pray-ers during service, and everyone else that has helped out in any and every way. It has been an interesting ride, but has allowed us to reach even more people than we have ever reached before with the Good News.
And thank you. Thank you for helping us as a church show we truly are a place “Where love comes to life” as we care for the most vulnerable in our society by responsibly practising ‘social distancing’, while seeking to serve and care for those in need in different and new ways. Change is never easy, and not always enjoyed when it is forced, but it has allowed us to show that church is not something we do, or go to, but the church is who we are.
I truly pray for each of you and that you and your family have a safe and blessed Easter as you celebrate that HE IS RISEN!!
In Service to our Risen Lord,
Pastor Ben Hentschke