A Message From Pastor Thomas


March 2023
Easter is such an amazing holiday! As we finish our journey through Lent, we have the anticipation of Resurrection. It’s the power of God at work in our world and our lives. But when you think about the very first Easter, it seems impossible that there could’ve been any joy on that first Easter Sunday. The disciples had been through so much from Palm Sunday through Good Friday. Jesus was dead, and there was no hope…or so it seemed.

But as the sun rose on that first Easter Sunday, the Son of God rose and conquered death. “Hallelujah! He is Risen!” And because “Jesus is Risen,” we too will experience the Resurrection Power when we leave this earth and join God in Heaven.

As amazing as that is, I believe there’s more to the Resurrection than just going to heaven when we die. Look at this exchange between Jesus and Martha after Lazarus had passed away. 

John 11:23-27
23 Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."  

24 Martha answered, "I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day." 

25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26 and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"  

27 "Yes, Lord," she told him, "I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world." 

In this exchange, Jesus was trying to get Martha to understand that the Resurrection isn’t just about going to heaven. There’s a present tense aspect to the Resurrection. He was about to bring Resurrection to the here and now.

What areas of your life feel “dead” right now? Are you overwhelmed or discouraged? Are you overcome with fear or guilt?

Then I have good news! Jesus Christ is offering you Resurrection Power today. Jesus is “the Resurrection and the life.” He is willing AND able to bring life back into your body, mind, and soul. He can heal you physically, emotionally, and spiritually. And you don’t have to wait until you leave this earth to experience this Resurrection.

Jesus wants you to experience the Resurrection today! Seek his face, seek his word, seek his forgiveness. Lay down your burdens and your desires and walk towards him. The Resurrection that awaits is well worth the sacrifice.

In Christ,

Pastor Thomas