Greetings Oak Hill,
I hope and trust that your Easter weekend was a great opportunity for you to remember and celebrate the reality of the resurrection of Jesus! I know that in many ways things looked differently as we met online and the normal festivities of the day probably took on a different form, but the reality of Easter still remains the same. Jesus still rose from the dead, He still gives us new life, and His renewing work in our lives continues to take shape even if this year looked different than most.
It is amazing to consider just how big of a hinge point that Easter has on our faith and on our lives as believers. I read a quote recently from author and pastor Tim Keller where he said: “If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead.”
The resurrection matters. Easter matters. It completely sets up the purpose and meaning behind anything we do in this life. Because Jesus rose from the dead, His words to us carry immense meaning and importance. Because Jesus rose from the dead, we can take Him at His Word in who He says that He is. As we have been in this series talking about the character and nature of who Jesus is, the resurrection completely gives shape and substance to all of that. If Jesus can conquer sin and death for me, then He is my calm in the storm, He is the One that I can count on, and He is my sure foundation when life gets challenging or difficult. What a joy it is to have that hope and promise for today and all days.
Connecting Lives in Grace and Truth
God’s blessings on your week,
Pastor Ben and the Oak Hill Elder Board