No doubt about it, Resurrection Sunday is a highlight of the year. I thank God for the opportunity it provides many churches for extended outreach and gospel preaching, and I praise Him for every soul saved around the world this weekend.
It is always a blessing to me to watch our church family invest extra time and energy to share the gospel in the days leading up to Easter. (In the two weeks preceding Easter, our church family went to every home in our community with a gospel invitation.) And it is, of course, a joy to see people saved in the services as fruit of this labor. Another blessing of the weekend is receiving texts from other pastors and seeing reports on Twitter of people saved in other churches. I love hearing how God is working through local churches around the world.
If you’re like me, however, on the day after Resurrection Sunday, you are exhausted, and your mind is spinning. There is so much to rejoice in…and so much to do as follow up. And coupled with physical and emotional exhaustion, it’s easy to lose focus. It is easy for your mind to go to the guests who didn’t come, the goals you didn’t reach, or the part of your sermon that you don’t think came out clearly. (more…)
At Lancaster Baptist Church, we typically observe the Lord’s Table several times throughout the year. One of those times is the Sunday before we celebrate Christ’s Resurrection. I am thankful for how this focuses our hearts on Jesus’ sacrifice and the events leading into His crucifixion and resurrection.
Before we observed the Lord’s Table this past Sunday, I preached a message titled “3 Lessons from the Lord’s Table” from 1 Corinthians 10. In this passage, we see that the Lord’s Table is not only a reminder of the sacrifice of the cross, but it is also a reminder that Christ deserves our exclusive love and loyalty. And, as Paul pointed out to the Corinthian church, our separation from anything that competes with or replaces Christ.
In this message, we looked at how the Lord uses this time of examination to teach us the priority of loyalty to Him, separation from idols, and, in a local church context, ecclesiastical separation from false worship.
I trust this message will be an encouragement to you to renew your love and loyalty to Christ as we celebrate His sacrifice for us and His defeat over sin and death.
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If there is anyone in the world who has reason to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, it is a born again Christian.
Although we actually commemorate the Resurrection as we worship as a local church body every Sunday, I appreciate a day—and a week preceding—to give this crowning truth of the Christian life extra emphasis.
So how should we celebrate?
1. Meditate on Christ’s sufferings.
Before Christ rose from the dead, He allowed Himself to experience brutal injustice, horrific pain, and indescribable sorrow. And He did it all for our salvation.
Meditate on the love of God expressed in this suffering. Read Isaiah 53, Matthew 26–27, Mark 14–15, Luke 22–23, and/or John 13–15.
There is no way to properly celebrate the joys of the Resurrection without attaching them to the sacrifice of Christ on our behalf. (more…)
This last weekend at Lancaster Baptist Church was full of joy as we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus. Hundreds of volunteers invested thousands of hours in preparation for the Jesus Saves presentation. The Lord blessed as I preached a gospel message, and many people trusted Christ as their Savior. It was thrilling to be part of, and we look forward to following up with these new Christians this week.
Today, however, is not Easter. In fact, it is a very ordinary day—full of the usual duties of any other weekday, faced with the added fatigue of a full weekend.
Yet, Christ is as risen today as He was on Sunday! Should not the resurrection influence today with as much power as it did yesterday?
What does the resurrection of Christ mean for us on a non-Easter day? How should we live every day of the week?
In my recent devotions, three truths stood out to me concerning how those who know Christ as their risen Saviour should live—every day of the week. Each of these Old Testament commands are amplified through New Testament promises—promises of which we are assured because we serve a risen Saviour!
How should we live every day of the week in light of the resurrection of Christ? (more…)