Pastor John Lewis - Easter Reflection
There are three major events on the Christian calendar that are not just unforgettable but are absolutely essential truths for understanding what it means to be a Christian.
Christmas is one these key events when we remember the supernatural virgin birth of Christ. The second is Easter, when we remember the purpose for which Christ was born. And that was to redeem humanity back to God by his death on the cross. Although some object to the “gory” details of Christ’s suffering, pain, agony and eventual death, the Bible teaches that this was God’s method of paying our debt of sin - by His Jesus dying for us.
Hebrews 10:22 states that “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin.” Further to this, John the Baptist describes Jesus as “the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29).
The great news about Easter is not only did Jesus die for our sins, but he also rose on the third day, triumphant over sin, satan and death. And because HE lives – we live also. We are partakers in and with Christ’s resurrected life (Romans 6:5). The greatest hope is that Jesus is not a two-thousand year old historical figure, but a present living reality. HE HAS RISEN.
The third major event was the Day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came and birthed and empowered the Church.
I wish you a very blessed Easter with your friends and family.
Pastor John Lewis