The Vine April 2018

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Your guide to what’s happening at Elim Hope Church this month

 

We start every April with April fool’s day, and yet many Christians will pay it no attention.

For this year, we celebrate Easter Sunday!

On Good Friday, we reflected on the death of Jesus, but on Easter Sunday, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus! Many people in our nation will focus on the chocolate eggs and Jesus’ resurrection will bypass them. It appears our message has got lost.

 

There are many theories as to what happened that first Easter Sunday, had the disciples stolen the body and then hidden it? Had the Jewish authorities stolen Jesus’ body? Had the soldiers stolen the body of Jesus? Was Jesus dead in the first place on Friday? The answer to all these questions is ‘NO!’ How can I say that? Firstly, if the disciples had stolen the body of Jesus, then their motivation to spread the news about Jesus would be short-lived, as they would be telling a lie. Is a lie worth dying for? Of course not! Many of these disciples would die for their faith in spreading the Gospel of Jesus.

 

Regarding the Jewish leaders, if they wanted to bring an end to this new faith of Christianity, then all they would have to do is show the people the body they stole, and this would have ended Christianity. The same is true for the soldiers, if Rome wanted to end Christianity, they would have just produced the body of Jesus. Evidently, they could not, as Jesus was not dead but alive. So, was Jesus just sleeping for three days? The account given shows that the blood and water had started to separate, and living people’s blood does not do that, Jesus had died and was buried as a result of the punishment he endured by the Roman soldiers and the crucifixion.

 

Jesus had died, but the grave could not hold him! (Acts 2: 24) Jesus is alive! He visited his disciples and restored Peter, (Jn. 21: 15-17) and encouraged the despondent believers (Lk. 24: 13-35) and revealed his true self to Thomas (John 20: 24-29). 

 

Easter is a time we celebrate the new life Jesus gives to all who believe in Him! John 3: 16-17 states: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” That is why Easter is so important to us all, we cannot save ourselves, and this world has blinded itself from seeing the reality of this truth. Without Jesus, we have no hope! This Easter, celebrate the greatest gift any one of us could ever be given, the gift of salvation in Jesus.

 

Rev. Scott Pash


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