LPUC eNews – Sunday 1 April 2018
Our Mission is to
Connect with people in Jesus;
Build each other up in faith; and to
Become Like Jesus.
Luke 24:1-32, Seeing Jesus For Yourself
Today’s text begins with group of women who came to grieve over Jesus’s dead body. In fact, up until that moment, they had given up all hope. Dead was dead, and they might as well accept it because it was something they could not change. They came with grief, sadness, and defeat.
However, they were told by angels that Jesus was alive again. That seemed highly unlikely. It sounded impossible until they remembered that Jesus had actually predicted that this would happen. They had seen his miracles. They had heard his teaching. They knew his character. What Jesus had predicted had come true. He brings hope to replace grief; he brings new life right out of death. For those who feel hopeless, the Easter resurrection of Jesus is the very best news we could ever hear.
In the second part of the text, we find that two of Jesus followers met the risen Christ on the way to Emmaus. At first they did not recognise him in the conversation but during dinner they suddenly realised him. He was no stranger anymore but Jesus.
How could it take them so long to recognize and believe when Jesus was right there in front of them? Well, there have been lots of people like them. There are all kinds of stories of those who have been close to Jesus and never recognised who he was. That’s what the Easter story is all about. It’s about opening our eyes so that we can see the truth about Jesus for ourselves – truth that was there all along. This Easter, you are invited to come and see Jesus for yourself! Experience the risen Christ. Believe in him and be transformed from not to eternity, Amen. IL-WOONG.
Daylight Saving finishes Sunday 1st April 2018 – please turn your clocks back one hour.
Easter Sunday 1st April – 9.30am
DVDs of the Week:
Once We Were Slaves. Their fate was identical: death. Their view of themselves radically different. One, a lifelong criminal and a rebel against the Roman occupation, is resigned to his execution. The other, a lifelong rabbinical student and peacemaker, refuses to accept the judgement his faces. As their history is revealed, these two Jewish prisoners lead viewers to uncommon grace and a chance at redemption.
I Believe In Easter. How did Easter, a word with origins in pagan tradition, come to embody the oldest and most important festival in Christianity? Discover the origins of Easter in this thoroughly researched and emotionally charged documentary. The history of Easter is traced to ancient Egypt where the story finds its roots in the deliverance of the Israelites from slavery. The program describes how Passover symbolism is intricately woven into the events surrounding the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. See how the church adapted and transformed pagan tradition into the celebration of the Resurrection, and learn how culture, emperors, apostles, and popes have influenced how we celebrate Easter today.