Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Christmas is Fulfilled
Jesus is Alive
Pastor Jerry read from Mark
16:1-8 about the women bringing spices to anoint the body of Jesus and their
puzzled questions, “Who will roll away the stone for us, because it is very
I gleaned from his sermon and
will share an edited version here.
When the women arrived at the
tomb they discovered the stone had been rolled away and a young man in a white
robe sat inside and spoke, “He is not here for he has risen as he said.Go and tell the others that Jesus is alive
and will meet with them in Galilee.”The terrified women hardly dared to believe,
yet they went and did as they were told.
The followers of Jesus were
grieving and hiding, and believed all was lost.They did not remember the hints that Jesus had shared with them; that
this would truly happen; he would die and in three days He would rise again.
reminded us of the Christmas story, and the angel‘s message, “And you shall call His name Jesus,
for He will save His people from their sins.”Jesus was born to save us.
was the beginning of the promise that was first given to Adam and Eve in the
garden and introduced us to a new hope.Good things were to come, a Savior was born.
every promise there must be a recipient.Promises and vows are given at a marriage ceremony, in business, in
school, in life - - one gives and one receives.
Christ was born to save and completed his part of the promise.Our part is to receive him as our Lord and
savior and invite Him into our life.
world has offered substitutes for Christmas: Santa Clause, rain deer, candy
canes, and also for Easter: bunnies, colored eggs, baskets filled with treats,
and spring fashions.
gave an illustration of a man looking at the names on the Vietnam wall
searching for his uncle’s name.There he
discovered his own name entered there in error, for he was alive and well. He
said, “I must be one of the living dead!”
today are “living dead” as they have not received newness of Spiritual life
from Jesus.They are dead in their sins,
but Jesus calls for them to receive the promise of life.
referred to pain at birth and the memory is soon past when the child is held in
the mother’s arms.The pain of the
crucifixion was real.The struggle of
good and evil is real.
Evil is alive and
real and we see it all around us.We
hear it on the news and read about it in the paper.The earth groans, and at times we are
confused about the future.
may be in mourning, and having problems, but do not fear or be puzzled.He promises to be with us, what ever comes
is a wake up call, the promise of Christmas is fulfilled, that Jesus is alive
and because He lives, we too may live.