Monday, March 24, 2008

Glorious Easter

Easter Day is the best day of the year, and offers the most wonderful opportunity for the preacher. Yesterday's worship at Calvary was just glorious. Jesus' promise sounded out: " I, I am the Resurrection and the Life; he who believes in me will live, even though he dies." (John 11:25). While the traditional service had orchestra and choirs, and concluded with us all singing Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus," the contemporary services linked together thoughtful worship songs that rejoiced in Christ the King, with clapping and obvious joy.

One of you sent me a quotation today, It's so appropriate for Easter people, for Resurrection Christians:
"Despite all the calumny and harassment, Christians are generally happy, well-adjusted and uniquely unconfused about the purpose of life. We are unimpressed by the pompous idea that we are born out of nothingness, to live and die, only to disappear back into nothingness. We know this kind of thinking makes no sense at all, and we recognize this dark rhetoric for what it is: the verbal flailing of disoriented and frightened people who do not have philosophic handles on themselves or the universe in which they live. As Christians, we know that, in the course of time, from the perspective of eternity, everything is reconciled, every detail attended, every wrong righted, every kindness thanked, every wound healed, every love requited, every sin atoned, every life vindicated, every loss recovered and every loved one found.” —Linda Bowles

This week I seek to live as one who is uniquely unconfused about the purpose of life because of the Risen Lord. Do you join me?


Laura V. said...

A bunch of us from Calvary were sitting around lamenting the end of your bible promises series on Sunday!!

We joked that we were getting a tiny taste of what the disciples must have been feeling when Jesus kept reminding them that He was not going to be with them for very long. There is a feeling of loss before the goodbyes are even said. So many of us have felt the presence of the Holy Spirit through your teaching, so this time has been precious to us.

Each of the sermons touched our particular life in one way or the other. However, the sermon about letting God build the house might have especially long term ramifications for reasons I won't share here. (I'll let you know in a month or so). :)

I will admit that another aspect of that sermon was a warning about churches making the pastor's influence more obvious than the Holy Spirit influence.... but we are not going to let that keep us from trying to pray you back into our pulpit.

Dawneen said...

I couldn't help but smile broadly reading Laura V.'s comment. I agree with her and her friends and will continue praying. God is moved by his people's humble prayers.