The resurrection would never be celebrated if it were not for the Old Rugged Cross. The place Jesus suffered and died for our sins, so a pathway to relationship with God might be completed.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, everyone, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Matthew 28 (KJV)
28 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher.
2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake and became as dead men.
5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
When the stone was rolled away, they looked in and saw the tomb was empty. It is still empty today. The Savior of the world had been deployed. Jesus is on the front lines today, fighting our battles. The desire of His heart is to live in your heart.
Today military barracks are empty. Soldiers have left the buildings, deployed to the front line on hospital ships and tent hospitals, fighting for the lives of citizens of our nation who have been affected by a virus.
Today as we celebrate Easter, the church is empty. There are no people singing, worshiping and praising. No Easter message being proclaimed. No Easter activities for children. But I have good news. The church is not dead. The church is not dormant. The church is not closed. The church has been deployed.
Mark 16:15 (NKJV)
15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
We have been stretched by circumstances beyond our control. Distancing our bodies from one another but not our hearts. Distancing our physical communications but embracing the communications of our hearts. Today the church is letting its light shine. We are using phones, texts, Facebook, emails, and snail mails.
Soon the sun will set on the circumstances that have surrounded us. The enemy may have thought he would have the church secluded, hidden, shut down, nonefficient, and harmed. But instead the church has pulled together, worked together, prayed together and held together. The church has fought on their knees for multitudes they do not know, to a God who hears and cares.
It is the dawning of a new day. The sun is rising. I declare glorious days are ahead. This pandemic is going to awaken hearts that have been in slumber for years. There will be a new awareness of peoples need for God and to be united together. People are going to return to the Lord.
Genesis 50:20 20You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
Message by Pastor Paul Tilley.