On Easter Sunday morning we sang a beautiful and powerful hymn by Bill and Gloria Gaither called "Because He Lives". The song truly captures the joy and power of Easter. The refrain proclaims, "Because he lives, I can face tomorrow; because he lives, all fear is gone; because I know he holds the future, and life is worth the living just because he lives."
These words declare the truth of the life-transforming power of Jesus' resurrection. The women who came early to the tomb on that first Easter morning were filled with fear when they discovered an empty tomb and came face to face with a messenger from God. They were the first witnesses to the awesome power of Christ being raised to the newness of life.
What does that mean for us today? How do we live a "Because He Lives" style of life? We can invite friends and co-workers to come to our new Saturday night service this Saturday at 5pm. We can offer words of forgiveness with a friend who has wronged us. We can offer a word of hope to one who is grieving. We can do an act of service for one who is in need. We can offer a word of welcome and encouragement to someone who is new or different.
Because of Christ's Easter triumph over sin and death, we can have the power and we can have the perspective that enables us to be living witnesses of the One who makes life worth living.
Christian Baptism is one of the most powerful forms of witnessing to the life changing power of God.
If you are a believer and have not yet made the choice on your own to be baptized I invite you to be raised to the newness of life this weekend following each of our 5 services Saturday 5pm, Sunday 8:30am, 10am & 11:30am.
Your pastor and partner in ministry,