Celebrating Jesus - the Resurrection and the Life
There's an old saying - there's no Easter without Christmas, but equally, there's no Christmas without Easter. While some see this as a time for holiday weekends and chocolates, we celebrate the death and resurrection of our Messiah, Jesus..
For many, the stories of Christmas and Easter seem to be just that - stories, and nothing further. In just the same way that many see Jesus as a helpless baby at Christmas, so too, Easter conjures up an image of a Jesus, helpless upon a cross - and for many, that is the end of the story. However, the Bible tells us that Jesus is so much more - and achieved so much more - than that!
He is God Himself who stepped down from the glory of heaven to become human so that He could die on a cross to rescue us from our sin - and rise again, conquering the power of death. This is what prophets foretold in the Old Testament. This is why angels sang, and shepherds worshipped on that first Christmas. This is what the thief on the cross came to realise on that first Good Friday. And this is beautifully explained by the apostle Paul:
“(Jesus) who, being in
very nature God, did not consider
equality with God something
to be used to his advantage;
rather, he made himself
nothing by taking the very
nature of a servant, being
made in human likeness.
And being found in
appearance as a man, he
humbled himself by
becoming obedient to death
— even death on a cross!
Because of Jesus, we can know God’s forgiveness. Because of Jesus, we can become part of God’s family. Because of Jesus, we have hope for a better future. Because of Jesus, those who trust in Him will live with Him forever in heaven.
This is what makes Jesus - and Easter - good news for everyone. His life, death and resurrection made the way for us to come to God. It also raises two questions that we all face with at some point:
- 'Who is Jesus?', and,
- 'Will we trust what Jesus did to make us right with God?'
We would love to explore these questions with you, so please join us this Easter to explore who Jesus is and what He has done for us.
Good Friday Service
Friday, 30 March at 10am
CELEBRATE THE GIFT of Christ with us this Easter season in word and song. We will be holding a special, reflective Good Friday service at 10am (Friday 30 March), looking back upon that day in Jerusalem where horror and hope collide. Where our freedom was won. Where forgiveness and restoration were secured through Jesus. We will also be holding a morning tea afterwards so please stay and mingle over some fresh hot cross buns.
DURING THE COURSE of the Easter weekend, our preaching series "No Wonder We Call You Saviour" will focus squarely on the story of our redemption. We will focus on the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus in this series and just why the cross matters - why this collision of hope, joy, horror, death and life is such good news for us! We pray this series causes you to reflect on the magnitude of Jesus and His finished work - and that you will too say, "no wonder we call You Saviour"!
Easter Sunday Services
Sunday 1 April at 9:15 & 11am
HE IS RISEN! Thanks be to God - our hope is complete in the resurrection of Jesus. We will hold TWO celebration services on Easter Sunday at 9:15am & 11am (Sunday 1 April) - where we will celebrate His victory in worship, teaching and communion.
ALSO - Daylight Savings ends at Easter! Don't forget to put your clocks BACK one hour the night before.