I greatly enjoyed my first Easter as pastor of GBC. On Easter Sunday, we looked at John 20, which is John’s record of Christ’s resurrection. John seems particularly interested in showing how the resurrection leads people to believe in Christ. In our culture, the Easter season is often a celebration of newness, which leads to happy and warm feelings. But this is far removed from the true meaning of Easter. Easter is about, not newness in general, but the physical resurrection of Christ. And the effect that His resurrection should have in us is far more than hyped up sentimentality. It is the specific belief that Jesus died for all those who place their trust in Him, and his resurrection means a literal, physical resurrection, also for all those who believe in Him. The three points from the message were (1) the persistent nature of unbelief, (2) how belief is born, and (3) why belief must be shared.
I shared one illustration that is worth repeating:
Suppose Bill and Bob are climbing a ladder to get up on a roof. Bill’s ladder is broken and will never hold him. But, for some unknown reason, Bill strongly believes in his ladder. Bob, in contrast, has a perfectly fine ladder. Yet he is filled with doubts about it. Which one—Bill or Bob—is going to get up to the roof safely? Bob, right? Yes, he will go up sweating and with great fear. But, he will go up. Why?—because his ladder will hold. Bill, the guy with the broken ladder, will get part way, and he will fall. His faith will not save him. Why can’t his faith save him? Because his faith is in the wrong thing.
As we conclude this Easter season, my prayer for us as a church is that our faith would be in the right thing, namely the resurrected and exalted Christ.
- If you want to listen to the Easter message click here.
Last week’s message on John 19 is now available online here.
This week I watched a great You Tube Video on the essence of the gospel. To see it, click here. The speaker is one of my former professors, Dr. Lane Tipton. Dr. Tipton is a former college football player with a passion for the gospel. This content in here might stretch you a little. But, I would encourage you to give it a try. He presents a beautiful picture of the gospel in terms of our redemption accomplished (that is what Christ did on the cross and in his resurrection in order to create redemption) and redemption applied (that is, how the redemption which Christ purchased actually gets to us).