Reflections on the Resurrection

When I was a young boy my brother and I played in the Fresno City junior golf tournament which was held during Easter vacation (our spring break was called Easter vacation back in the day). The four-day event began on Tuesday and concluded on Friday, GOOD FRIDAY. While I was on the golf course during Good Friday my mind would wander away from what I was doing, trying to play competitive golf, to that eventful day when Jesus was crucified. I didn't know much about the Bible but I knew that Good Friday was the day Jesus died.

Over the years Good Friday seemed to loose its importance to me. Raising two wonderful girls with Michelle and preparing for our Easter celebrations, with all the pretty dresses, Easter baskets, and delicious meals after church had taken away the passion I had for Good Friday.

But without Good Friday we would have no Easter. Without the crucifixion we would have no resurrection. Without Christ’s death we would have no everlasting life. When I was on the golf course 12pm always got my attention. I would look up into the sky and my heart would be saddened by the reality that the Son of God was about to die. Matthew 27:45-46 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”… Matthew 27:50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

The death and resurrection of Jesus of Jesus Christ is the single most important event in human history. As a believer in the resurrection I want to keep my heart focused on that miraculous expression of God’s love. Most people know John 3:16 for God so loved the world… But few seem to know the purpose of John 3:16. It is found in John 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. My heart's desire is to be someone that sees John 3:17 come alive in me and my church.

PEACE 2016