Welcome to West Haven on this glorious Easter Sunday! I am grateful for your presence today!
Today we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! It is a day of joy and gladness! Because He was raised, we shall be raised (1 Cor 15:23). We will have resurrected bodies, imperishable, raised in glory, raised in power (1 Cor 15:42-43). And our resurrection is more than just the reanimation of our earthly body. We will be transformed into the image of Jesus by the power of the Spirit (Romans 8:11). So Romans 8:18 says, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” It’s going to be a day beyond description!
If you are new to Christianity, you might ask: “Who is Jesus?” Jesus is the eternal God. He relinquished His rights as deity. He came to earth as a baby, fully man, and fully God. He preached repentance and faith. He performed miracles. He lived without sin. He embodied the Christian life. In the fullness of time, He voluntarily surrendered His life. He was mocked, scorned, beaten, and flogged. Then He was crucified. He paid the full penalty for your sin and mine on the cross. When He died, His body was placed in a borrowed tomb. It was sealed. It was guarded. On Easter morning He arose from that tomb! He appeared to many witnesses. He ascended to heaven. Today He reigns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He lives today! And because He lives, we have a certain hope of eternal life!
Thank you to everyone who served so diligently at the Community Spring Festival. You loved your neighbor as yourself yesterday. You blessed with an open hand. I am proud of you and glad to be your pastor. So is Pastor Nathan. There are good days ahead!