Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

            As I sit down to write this we are coming to the close of Palm Sunday.  It has been an awesome day.  Just remembering what happened on that day and the great love God had for us by sending His Son has been great.  What seemed like such a simple thing was truly an awesome expression of God’s love for us

The truth is if we aren’t careful this time will simply go by with very little notice.  Sometimes things that are going on can crowd out what God has done for us.  We can get so tied up in the ‘things’ of this world that we don’t see what is truly going on.

            I can’t imagine what it would have been like to stand beside the road as Jesus rode into town that day.  Watching all those palm branches being placed in front of Him.  It was surely an awesome experience as He rode in on that colt and heard all that was being said concerning Him (Mark 11:9-10).

            Of course we know that many things happened through the remainder of that week that ultimately brought forth the betrayal by Judas, the disciples slipping off, Peter denying Jesus and Jesus facing His accusers.

            Nothing that went on during that time seemed to be fair.  In Luke 22:42, Jesus prayed to the Father asking that if possible this cup pass from Him, yet His desire was for the Father’s will to be done and not His.  He was beaten, mocked and had a crown of thorns placed on His head.

            On the way to Golgotha, He had to suffer much from the pain of just making that journey.  It was difficult on Him to say the least but surely His mother’s heart broke with what she saw.

            When they reached Golgotha, He was nailed to a cross and placed between two thieves.  One tried to get Him to get them down while the other focused on who Jesus was and found himself in the arms of God when the end came. (Lk. 23:39-43).

            Jesus spoke seven times from the cross, but in the end said, “It is finished!”  John wrote “For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  The blood He shed on Calvary was shed so that we might have life.  The work He had come to do was now finished.

            Yet the end was not when they wrapped Him in those grave clothes and placed Him in that borrowed tomb.  It was the beginning. After three days, He rose victorious over death, hell and the grave.  The victory was His and the gift of life was for all who would believe.

            Yes, it was a dark day when Jesus died, but what a glorious day it was when He walked out of that tomb!  Jesus is alive!  His desire is for all to believe in Him and be saved.

            This Friday we will observe the Service of Darkness at 7 pm. It is during that time that we will be reminded of the darkness of the day Christ died. 

            Then on Sunday morning at 7:30 am we will have our Sunrise service at the church.  We will celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior!  We will celebrate the life He now offers all who will believe in Him.  At 10:30 am we will gather to further rejoice in what He has done for us.

            I would encourage you to find a place to worship and remember the darkness of the day He died and celebrate the glorious light as He rose from the grave!  Remember – He’s alive!

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul