The best way to understand the real meaning of Easter would be from Jesus. As is recorded in the 12th chapter of John, Jesus was welcomed to Jerusalem by a large crowd singing praises to Him, carrying palm branches and hailing Him as the King of Israel – the Messiah. They were gathering to celebrate Passover and such an outpouring of adoration made the Pharisees burn with anger and disgust. They did not believe Jesus was their long-awaited King.
Jesus replied,John 12:23-26 “Now the time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives. Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. Anyone who wants to be my disciple must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.“
Probably a puzzling speech at the time. Jesus had to die and be “planted” in a tomb to rise up and produce a harvest of life everlasting to those who believed in Him. (After His resurrection, the parable of the kernel of wheat could be fully understood.)
The New Covenant
Jesus knew that He was going to be killed and how He was going to be killed; and He knew the time was approaching. He told his disciples how he’d like his death on the cross to be remembered. His request is found in Luke 22:14-20 When the time came, Jesus and the apostles sat down together at the table. Jesus said, “I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. For I tell you now that I won’t eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.” Then he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. Then he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come.” He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.
Without a doubt, Jesus wants us to remember his great love and sacrifice for us through communion. He was getting ready to be betrayed by one of the disciples, publicly humiliated and mocked, beaten beyond recognition, and hung on a cross to die, when he made his special request for us to remember that He gave his body for us and poured out his blood as a sacrifice for us. The heart of Easter lies in his words, “the new covenant between God and his people.”
What is the real meaning of Easter? Because of Christ’s death and resurrection, we have been given victory over death and eternal separation from God, a covenant promise of forgiveness and grace: “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures”1 Corinthians 15:3
Next week we will begin our Easter Series – and we are so grateful to the Meyers family who will decorate the church for our Easter celebration. They will be using Palm Branches – and Easter Lillie’s. The branches will be plastic for further use – the Lillie’s and Hyacinth’s will be live plants. If you would like to participate in any way please contact Liz or Kevin. Please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org – 573-289-2897.
April 2 Discovery will participate in the Seder Meal. Eileen will be directing us throughout the evening as we not only share in the meal – but biblically understand all the prophecy and meaning behind each aspect of the PASSOVER. Because it is a meal – we will need to know how many will be attending so we can provide adequate amount of food. There will be a sign up sheet beginning this week for this occasion.
It was so good to have church services last weekend as God gave us excellent weather. How did you honor the Lord the weekend we cancelled because of the snow? My, I find it sad – difficult – and spiritually alarming to go 14 days without the fellowship of the saints, the study of God’s Word, and the Lord’s Supper……….Kirsten Yoder took her military physical last week and will be headed to boot camp in Chicago early in the summer……….Bro Tom Detore ran two MARATHONS during the past 2 weeks. This accomplishment is incredible. He is planning on running another marathon in April in the Kansas City area. Bless his heart (no pun intended)………..April 2, which is the day before Good Friday – DISCOVERY will host the Seder meal. We will be directed throughout the evening by Eileen Detore. This evening will in fact be a meal — it will be what Jesus experienced on the night be celebrated the PASSOVER with His disciples before His death the next day. I’d like to have a sign up so we can prepare for everyone………..So grateful to have Solomon and Caleb Yoder changing our church sign each week. If you have come across a short saying and think it would be appropriate for our sign – please email or text it to me…………Part of our family has moved to Austin, Texas. Heather and Janeil left last Sunday to begin a new chapter in their lives. They are now working with Mission of Hope. Janeil will be heavily involved with work in Haiti………..Please remember Max no longer has a land line – he can only be reached by cell – or email – 573-673-6262 – email@example.com
Gina Croft – spent some time in the ER earlier this week – came home with pain pills and meds. This morning on Facebook – Bro David posted that until Gina gets on her feet he might need some help in transportation. David does not drive and will need to get to work and back…. firstname.lastname@example.org Months ago Bro. John Bowders was involved in a bicycle accident in another state. As soon as we heard this we prayed for Him….he is now back in Columbia and hosted the men’s D-Group this week. Our prayer is for movement to return to his lower extremities. Pray for wisdom for Annie. Since November she has struggled with pain in her left hip. Can she be satisfied with the quality of life offered by meds, or is surgery lurking in the immediate future? Please lift up our D-Groups that spiritual and numerical growth will occur. Pray the GOSPEL will not be hindered as it is proclaimed in our community. Many appear to e bound spiritually by the powers of darkness – and our purpose is to proclaim the Gospel of Light. Pray for your leaders — both in the church – community – and nation (1 Tim 2:2) (Heb. 13:17) Pray for our Easter Series that it will minister to everyone as we move toward the weekend that changed the world – when Christ died for our sins and rose for our justification.
This weekend we will conclude our brief 2-part series on the 10 Commandments. The discussion has been lively with the 2 groups I’ve been in this week. Hope everyone will make a great effort to be with us either Saturday evening or Sunday for the wrap up of the final 6 commandments God gave Moses in (Exodus 20).
Gen 3:1-7 3 The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” 2 “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. 3 “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’”4 “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. 5 “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” 6 The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. 7 At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.
Rom 5:18-21 Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. 19 Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous. 20 God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. 21 So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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