Temperatures are beginning to rise, the grass is turning green again, and Spring is right around the corner. Of course, this also means Easter is almost here. I hope you are looking forward to celebrating the resurrection of our Lord on Sunday April 9th. We only have six Sundays before that big day, so we are going to be intentional with this remaining time. I believe it is critical for every Christian to take time to prepare their hearts for Easter. Before we can celebrate the empty tomb, we must first remember and reflect on the old rugged cross.
This Sunday we will begin a new series titled, “Last Words.” We are going to examine Jesus’ final words from calvary. The four Gospels account for seven different sayings that Jesus communicated while He was nailed to the cross. Any person’s last words matter, but Jesus’ last words matter the most. His last words communicated truth about His heart, His nature, and His mission. These are words that He wanted us to hear, and they are words that He wanted us to apply into our lives.
I encourage you to commit yourself to the Lord and to His words in these coming weeks. Paul exhorts the church to, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16). May the words of Jesus dwell in our hearts as we reflect, repent, and give thanks for our salvation. Commit to be in God’s house for these six weeks. I will preach the seventh and final saying at our Good Friday service, and then we will celebrate Easter Sunday with a triumphant resurrection message.
Invite someone to join you this Sunday. God is moving across our country, and you never know what he might do with a simple invitation. Most of our city is not planning to be in church this Sunday. But a personal invitation may change that for some of them. Pray for those who are around you, invite them to join you in God’s house, and I look forward to worshipping with you on this Lord’s Supper weekend.
Onward and upward,