At this time of the year, the signs of life awakening are visible everywhere. The budding blossoms are waiting to burst forth. Children are playing outdoors. The snow has melted. There is a warm breeze blowing. Why exercise indoors? We can walk or run outdoors. Winter is gone! Welcome back, spring!
In the Gospel, John speaks about the power of our God. “Through Him all thing are made" (John 1:3). "In Him was life, and that life was the light of men" (John 1:4). Jesus is the resurrection and the life.
Today is Good Friday, the darkest day in the history of earth, when Jesus, the Son of God, was crucified, died on the cross, and entombed. Jesus did not stay there. Jesus Christ came to pay the penalty for our sins and walked out of the tomb alive. From Good Friday to Easter Sunday; from the crucifixion to the resurrection, there is a journey for us to experience.
As human beings, we are all in some kind of spiritual darkness and spiritual death before we encounter the life and light of Jesus Christ. We may be entombed and imprisoned by the struggles in our lives. We may be imprisoned by our ambitions, tempted by the world's view of value and fortune, or challenged with a physical ailment. We may be struggling due to the spiritual gap between us and our Creator. We may be searching for meaning and significance in life, hope for healing, and waiting for the opportunity for the renewal of life. Easter Sunday reminds us that we can live in the light of Jesus' resurrection and renewal of this world, and of ourselves.
As I am writing this note, a friend of mine is recovering from a major heart surgery. Prior to the surgery, the doctors notified the family that there was a 10% chance he might die during surgery. He and his family were understandably very anxious. They asked me to pray for him. I just got a phone call from his daughter that the surgery was successful and he is recovering at the hospital. They are very thankful to God for His healing hands. Praise God!
This Easter Sunday, come join us at 1:30 pm. Let's celebrate Jesus' Resurrection and meet the risen Lord in worship together. As we listen to the story of Jesus on this day, we will share our own resurrection stories.
Come by! I hope to see you on Easter Sunday!
Rev. Huibing He