Dear Presby Family: Chainbreaker

On the first Easter Sunday morning, a couple of women were in for the surprise of their lives. Instead of finding a closed tomb, they found an open grave and an angel greeting them with the words, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.” For them and for every follower of the Lord Jesus, life would never be the same. The resurrection of Jesus from the dead changed the course of history.

The resurrection is God's way of announcing that our life does not have to be a one-way journey to the cemetery. God is saying we don't have to be stuck in our past. The risen Savior broke the chains that bind us, that cause us to live in fear, and that cause us to question what is ahead. Because Jesus is alive, “Nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39).

It is the greatest news in all of human history, and so as we gather together this weekend, may we join in celebration. May we sing aloud, “Christ the Lord is risen today! Alleluia!” And may we be able to believe and profess that Jesus breaks the chains of sin and death. “Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!”

I look forward to seeing you either in person or online. And let’s not forget, this is the time of year when people are open to invitations. Let’s be thinking and praying for the people we can invite to join us this Easter Sunday! And then let’s make those invitations!

He is risen! He is risen, indeed! Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

Grace & Peace,
Pastor Aaron

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