Early Sunday, April 21st, some people will be deliberating, “Since it’s Easter Sunday should I attend church
today?’ Don’t attend Easter services merely because its traditional! Go to church Oil Easter because God has scheduled an appointment with you at Park United Presbyterian Church, That morning, God wants you to hear the incredible, transformative message of His love and power manifested through Jesus Christ’s Resurrection.
The event of Jesus’ crucifixion and subsequent empty tomb is a fact that even most secular historians acknowledge history further confirms that within a few months after Jesus’ death people were claiming that Jesus had been raised from the dead and was worthy of worship. A dramatic transformation occurred among a small, timid group of Jesus’ followers who boldly went forth to declare the message about the Risen Son of God, Many of them were martyred on account of their belief in Jesus. Incredibly, within a few centuries their resurrection message was communicated to most of the civilized world.
Actually the Christian Church celebrates Christ’s Resurrection every Sunday. To emphasize the centrality of the death and resurrection of Jesus to our faith., the early Christians switch their weekly worship to Sunday rather than the Jewish tradition of Saturday. They would gather every Sunday at sunrise because Jesus had risen on a Sunday morning.
Christ’s Resurrection was God’s stamp of approval that Jesus’ work to secure our salvation had been accomplished. Jesus died for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST'closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST') and was raised up for our justification (Romans
4:25). Without the Resurrection, the Christian faith tumbles down like removing the boottom block out of a Jenga structure (1 Corinthians 15:13-19closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST'closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST'). Many people spend their lives trying not to talk about death—but realizing its inevitability. When you
come face to face with the one person in history whom death could not hold, you receive assurance that death is not life’s final chapter. For the Resurrected Jesus Christ has overcome death. Alleluia!
Confident in Christ, Rev. Larry Maley