We had a wonderful Easter celebration worshipping our risen Savior!
To start out our Sunday School opening, Jerry Gustafson read the Gospel’s accounts of Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection morning’s empty tomb. For Sunday School we worked through a handful of Scripture passages that point us to living our life like Christ. What a wonder that God gave us an example in the person of Christ to give us hope that we can face the struggles of this life.
The Easter Service began with Allen Gustafson reading 1 Peter 2:21-24 reflecting on Christ’s sacrifice for our sins, and the congregation boldly exclaiming ‘The Power of the Cross.’ The joyous singing continued with ‘He Lives’ and a hymn of adoration praising the name of Jesus with ‘Blessed Be the Name.’ A song of response “I Will Sing the Wondrous Story” expressed our desire to continue in proclaiming the glories of Calvary.
Before the Special Music, Pastor read Peter’s testimony of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection from Acts 10:34-43 how “They put him to death by hanging him on a tree, but God raised him on the third day.” The full choir sang a beautiful piece entitled “Mercy Tree” reflecting on the cross and lifting their voices to proclaim “He’s alive and risen indeed, oh, praise Him for the mercy tree!”
The Scripture Reading came from Philippians 2:5-11 as Erik Giese read the passage we’ve been memorizing as a church leading us into Easter (Fighter Verse weeks 10, 11 & 12). It has been a delight to dwell on our Savior’s humility and sacrifice and understand how we can exalt the ‘name that is above every name.’
Pastor Tanis offered a question for all in attendance to consider in asking “Have you found what you’re looking for?” From Philippians 2:5-11, we see particular responses to Christ’s life. Those that heed Phil 2:5 and have the same mind of Christ, or those who respond in pride over humility. The second response from this passage offers a decision to make in self-giving over self-love in living out a true resurrection faith (Gal. 2:20). The final response we all will make to Christ’s life is to bow in worship and praise his holy name. And we are certain that “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” Phil. 2:10-11.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER
How is Jesus currently being exalted in my personal life?
What am I doing to ensure that my family is exalting the Lord Jesus?
How is our church seeking to exalt Jesus and point others to Him?
When am I the most prone to take credit for something?
How can I naturally deflect the praise to God?
Praise God for his wonderful gift of salvation through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross, and glorious defeat of death in rising from the grave. We serve a risen Savior!!