Alive and well

Alive and well

Several years ago, we planted five apple trees in our yard. And within a few years, they were producing apples. We’ve had a few attacks from Japanese Beetles and plenty of squirrels pillaging for their share, but every year they continue to grow and produce fruit.

Since I grew up with apple trees, I love eating an apple straight from the tree. I also really love eating Leigh-Ann’s world-famous apple crisp (hint…hint).

A few weeks ago, I noticed the trees were growing out of control and needed to be pruned. It had been a few years since I had attended to the trees, so I started pruning….and pruning…and pruning.

What is significant is while I cut off the branches, the trees appeared to be dormant…there were no apples or leaves. However, just a few weeks later, the trees are blooming with life.

The tree’s transition from dormant to flourishing trees is one of my favorite things to watch.

This past Sunday, we celebrated a different transition. However, Jesus wasn’t dormant, he was dead, and then He arose from the grave. As impressive as it might be to watch a seed go into the ground and die before sprouting to life, or witnessing trees go dormant before spring to life, the resurrection of Jesus is unparalleled.

Following His resurrection, Jesus interacted with more than five hundred people including some very close friends. For the next six weeks, our sermon series will look closely at the people Jesus interacted with after His resurrection. And the first person Jesus met following the resurrection was Mary Magdalene. This Sunday, Gabor Gresz will be preaching a sermon entitled, “Grief, comfort and mission” in our series “raised from the dead.”

I sure hope to see you at 8:00, 9:15 (Full KidCity available) or 10:45 am, or you can watch the Livestream on YouTube (Like and Subscribe) or Facebook at 10:45 am.