Preparing for Easter

I read an Instagram post by Bob Goff that says, “Darkness fell, His friends scattered, hope seemed lost – but Heaven just started counting to three.”
 
As Christians, we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus every Sunday (actually every day). However, once per year we come to a date on the calendar that represents the day, Jesus of Nazareth (God who took on flesh), who had died and was laid in a tomb, ROSE FROM THE DEAD.
 
A way to appreciate the significance of this miracle is to reflect on the journey to get to the miracle.
 
As a church we took time out on Maundy Thursday and today on Good Friday to be reminded of the sacrifice made by Jesus for you and I on the cross. There were stations for individuals to read the Scriptures I have linked below and reflect on the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus.
 
In order to help you prepare for our Easter service this Sunday, I invite you to read Scriptures below. As you think about the Scriptures, consider asking yourself these questions:
            -How would you have responded to the situation?
            -What do these verses teach you about the love of Jesus?
            -Do you feel worthy of Jesus’ love and sacrifice?
            -How does your heart respond to this story?
 
The Last Supper (Luke 22:7-23)

The betrayal of Judas (Matthew 26:14-25, 47-49)

The Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:39-54)

Pilate washes his hands (Matthew 27:11-26)

The story leading up to the resurrection is lined with deep sorrow. It is dark and seems hopeless.

And then, morning breaks and the sun rises to reveal an empty tomb. 

This is the day that changed the universe and it is meant to change your life. I hope to see you on Sunday as we celebrate our risen savior. I look forward to sharing from John 20 about the first trip to the empty tomb. Feel free to invite guests, this is certainly a story worth sharing with everyone.