What an awesome weekend that just passed us as we celebrated the death, burial and resurrection of our living Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. As we gathered on Friday evening for the powerful cantata, “Raise the Crown”, I was blessed by the beautiful music and the presence of the Lord that accompanied the cantata. Sunday morning found us fellowshipping together around breakfast and just enjoying the company of one another. Easter Sunday’s service was a time of blessing and joy as we heard the testimonies of those the Lord had brought into a saving relationship with Himself. Then we were challenged to celebrate the great good news of the risen Savior. Finally we had 2 young Chinese women and one of our own young people get baptized. What a blessing it was to be able to celebrate and rejoice in Jesus in all these things. What a privilege to know the Savior of the universe and to be walking with Him.
But I want us to consider for a few moments today what it must have been like waking up on Monday morning after the resurrection Sunday for the first disciples. God had just taken their most tragic defeat and turned it into their most glorious victory. When they awoke on Monday morning (just 24 hours after awaking on Sunday morning with the greatest pain in their hearts) did they realize how much had changed? When they arose on Monday morning with a new bounce in their step, did they get all the implications of the resurrection? Did they arise with the awareness that there wasn’t going to be an earthly kingdom that they had hoped for? Did they realize that because Christ arose we now know that death is not the end? How was their worldview impacted that Monday morning by the encounter with the living Christ on Sunday evening? Perhaps a few more important questions for us to consider is how has our worldview been impacted by the risen Savior? How is our view and understanding of death itself effected by Jesus Christ rising from the tomb? Is our main objective still the accumulation of things and living for the present or are we storing up treasures in heaven knowing this life isn’t all there is and that it’s passing away rather rapidly? I was struck by the conclusion of the movie “Soul Surfer” that I recently attended. At the conclusion of the movie the words “the end” come up. That’s a fairly typical ending except right after those words appeared another statement is added that reads “The end is just the beginning”. That is certainly true about the Cross and it should be true for all of us who have our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Well, how did you wake up on Monday morning after hearing the news of the risen Savior? Are you allowing Him to have pre-eminence in your life and in your decision making process? Are you taking time to walk with Him and talk with Him as you go about your daily routine and busy-ness? Know for certain that each new day is an opportunity to experience the fact that “His mercies are new every morning and great is His faithfulness”. Always remember “the end is just the beginning”. God desires to continue to do a new work in our lives and in our church.
For the King,
Pastor Rich Sivo