Did you ever wonder about that stone at the tomb of Jesus? Why was it moved? It wasn’t to let Jesus out; Jesus could get out of the tomb as easily as He entered the Upper Room later, without using the door. No, the reason the stone was rolled away was not to let Jesus out, but to let the disciples in so they could see! And what did they see there? They saw that the body of Jesus was gone, but the grave clothes were still there, lying undisturbed. In John 20:1-8 there are different Greek words used for “saw.” When it says Mary and Peter saw, it means they noted. When it says that John saw, it means that he saw with understanding, with comprehension.
Peter entered the tomb. John 20:8 “Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed”. When John saw the grave clothes, he thought, “I get it!” He believed that Jesus was alive, based on what he saw. Then John adds something that seems puzzling at first. Verse 9 “For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead.” They saw an empty tomb and empty grave clothes, and they formed their beliefs based on that. They knew what they saw.
But by the time John wrote his gospel, they knew the theology of Christ’s resurrection. Their faith, once based on physical evidence—the open tomb, the body gone, the clothes intact (as good as that was to convince John at that moment)—wasn’t enough to sustain a person through life. “This is what we saw, but we didn’t know the scripture yet” points to the fact that there’s something even better to base your belief and knowledge upon, and that’s the objective, inerrant prophecy in the Word of God.
Observation and personal experience aren’t enough! The Bible predicted that Christ would rise from the dead. 2 Pet 1:19 we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets is a more sure foundation.
So how do you know that you know? You could say, “I know because I saw or I heard.” But here’s something better: “What I saw and what I heard was predicted long ago in the prophets.” So now the subjective experience is bolstered by the objective prophecy of the Bible—and that’s unshakable.
That’s what I want you to see here—the fundamental importance of the Word of God. Jesus said in Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” That’s my prayer for you at this Easter season, that you will have an unshakable faith, based on the sure word of prophecy and a personal, vital relationship with Jesus Christ, the risen Redeemer!
Discovery – this Sunday evening March 13 — beginning at 5:00 PM – and ending at 7:00 PM – the church is called to PRAYER. Obviously – this is a “come-and-go” prayer time….Most people remain about 30 minutes- while others stay the entire 2 hours….everyone is on their own but we would love to have everyone come and pray.
With Easter just a few weeks away – our prayers could be that our Easter Week will minister to 100 people…whether it be through the Passover Meal – the Good Friday Service – or the Resurrection Day weekend celebration services. Our prayers could also be along the line of “God please release any hold that darkness might have on people living in our neighborhood – so that they might be free to hear the glorious message of Truth – Hope – and Salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Hope to see everyone this Sunday evening.
The Seder (ceremonial meal offered the first night of Passover) is a ritual performed by a community or by multiple generations of a family, involving a retelling of the story of The liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. This story is in The Book of Exodus in The Hebrew Bible.
The Passover Meal will be celebrated at Discovery on March 24th @ 6:30 PM….Eileen Detore will be leading us through the celebration. Please sign up this weekend if you and your family plan to attend so we there will be enough food for everyone. At this writing there are 39 who have signed up.
Eileen would like to meet with those who have signed up to help following the Sunday Celebration Service….
This weekend, we lose an hour sleep…..for those who attend the Sunday Service – this is for you….. please move your clocks forward 1 hour before retiring Saturday evening. Spring has Sprung….many blessings await by the extended daylight – if we can just get through Saturday/Sunday!!!!!
SET YOUR CLOCK FORWARD!
Yesterday, I had a wonderful privilege to share lunch with our granddaughter Morgan — yesterday was grandparents day at Jeff Jr….pondering all the blessings we have today vss what was available when I was a student is insurmountable…..my grandparents did not have a vehicle so there would have been no way they could have had lunch with me…..though I only lived a mile from them I feel “robbed” of such little time I was able to spend with them…..I truly believe kids and grandkids spell love T.I.M.E. Discovery look for opportunity to be with your grandkids – love on them – verbally affirm them – we are in a cruel world – and they need our affirmation……………..Changes are being made in our music/arts department…..we were blessed by Kent’s efforts to get us a camera from a church in Oregon a year or so ago……the art’s team knew this was not of value to us – so Doug sold it on Craig’s’ list for $4,000. Hopefully by Easter services – all the new parts will be in place…..we are BLESSED…………..Liz & Kevin’s daughter Hannah will be traveling to Ireland with Marching Mizzou around St. Patrick’s Day….praying for a safe and enjoyable experience……………. Bro. Bob Winberg has retired from his life as a pharmacist but has taken on a new role of being a driver for Mo EX….we wish him well in his new endeavor – and safety as he drives back and forth to KC and STL…………….The Wednesday evening Youth Hour at Blue Ridge is going great — Doug said they had 50 last week…..PTL…..
· Moving of God as we enter into the Easter Season
· Great fellowship, learning, and challenges as we attend the Easter Services
· Our son Gregg and his son Kasaan – Kasaan used his wheel chair at school Monday for the first time. Heartbreak for our family — Gregg though this day was years away….Kasaan has a small degree of M.D. Please pray for their hearts as they transition and accept reality
· Prov 14:34 Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people.
· Joy Weir – as she convalesces from a broken hip
· Our D-Groups will continue to meet needs and grow numerically and spiritually
· Big Election is coming to Columbia early in April
· Kay Baker’s son and Shelby’s father.. Willie will be having some serious surgery soon – pray for success
· Jeri is suffering greatly with fibromyalgia – please lift her up…..
28 After telling this story, Jesus went on toward Jerusalem, walking ahead of his disciples. 29 As he came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives, he sent two disciples ahead. 30 “Go into that village over there,” he told them. “As you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks, ‘Why are you untying that colt?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it.’” 32 So they went and found the colt, just as Jesus had said. 33 And sure enough, as they were untying it, the owners asked them, “Why are you untying that colt?” 34 And the disciples simply replied, “The Lord needs it.” 35 So they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it for him to ride on. 36 As he rode along, the crowds spread out their garments on the road ahead of him. 37 When he reached the place where the road started down the Mount of Olives, all of his followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen. 38 “Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in highest heaven!”[a]
39 But some of the Pharisees among the crowd said, “Teacher, rebuke your followers for saying things like that!” 40 He replied, “If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!”