“…Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here but is risen.” —Luke 24:5
“…Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said.” —Matthew 28:5,6a
“…Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here…” —Mark 16:6
“Jesus said to Mary, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for…Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord…’” —John 15:a, 18a
Our Lenten theme this year has been Choose Life. We have been exploring together how our faith journey often includes moments where we must choose between two or more options. We explored in the temptation story that Jesus was given the option of choosing a different path by bowing down and worshipping Satan rather than follow the divine call that was placed upon him at his baptism. He chose to live. He chose to be obedient to the word of God and worship only the Lord God. All through the Lenten season, we have recognized that we are often tempted to choose something lesser than the call to follow Jesus. The scripture stories remind us time and again, that life is only truly found in Jesus.
At Easter, we will celebrate the truth that Jesus lives and is Lord of our life. While the details of the Easter story may vary, the core truth of the gospel story does not – we serve a risen Lord! On Sunday, April 21, you are invited to join with other followers of the risen Christ to celebrate the gift of life! Bring your family, bring your friends for the celebration of all celebrations, the resurrection of Jesus.
Jesus is risen!
Jesus is risen indeed!
During the month of March, we have been receiving the America For Christ Offering. Thank you for supporting the wider ministry of the region and ABC/USA here in the states and in Puerto Rico. If you have not had the opportunity to support this offering it is not too late to do so.
After the tragic killings in New Zealand last month, Missionaries Ann and Bruce Borquist, whom we support through your generosity, sent out a reflection on the tragedy. They reminded us of the words from the prophet Isaiah who said:
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. (Isaiah 5:20)
As they stood in solidarity with the grieving people of New Zealand, they asked their American Baptist family to pray for the people as they seek to find the light during the darkness of this tragedy. Ann and Bruce Borquist seek to be servants of the light and life that is ours through Christ.
The month of April will be a great time of new birth as we watch God’s creation come alive around us and as we celebrate together the life that is ours through Christ. I look forward to worshipping with you this month.
— Pastor Sam Brink