Psalm 1:1-3 says, “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD and on his law, he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.“
God doesn’t judge people based on race, sex, or national origin. He judges them based on their faith in Him. Those who try to obey God’s will are blessed. They are like healthy, fruit-bearing trees planted along a riverbank with strong roots, and God promises to watch over them. God’s wisdom guides their lives. In contrast, those who don’t trust and obey God have meaningless lives that blow away like dust.
The Psalmist tells us that we can learn how to follow God by meditating on his Word. This means we need to spend time reading and processing what we have read. When we read God’s Word, we ought to ask how we should change to live as God wants us to. If we’re going to follow the Lord more closely, we must know what He says thru the Bible.
The more we commit to follow the Lord, the more fruitful we are. On the other hand, the more we allow those who disrespect God’s word to affect our thoughts and attitudes, the more we separate ourselves from our source of health and strength. We need to share with those who do not believe, but we must not imitate their unhealthy behavior.
The sentence, whatever he does prospers, does not mean we have immunity to failure or difficulties. Nor does it guarantee health, wealth, and happiness. The Bible says that when we apply God’s truth, the fruit we bear will be good and healthy. Just as a tree soaks up water and bears fruit, we too are to soak up God’s Word, producing actions and attitudes that honor God.
What this means to us is that EASTER MATTERS! Easter is not a holiday, but it is a celebration and remembrance of what the Lord Jesus, God’s only begotten Son who came to earth, incarnate did for US! If we did not have Easter’s (Jesus) resurrection and ascension, we would not be here! Easter would not really matter; we would not have the gift of eternal life! Easter matters because He is alive!
• It matters that Jesus died on the cross
• It matters that Jesus was put into a tomb
• It matters that Jesus body was wrapped in cloths
• It matters that a stone was placed in the entrance of the tomb
• It matters that the stone has been rolled away
• It matters that the tomb is empty
• It matters that Jesus appeared to over 500 eyewitnesses
• It matters that Jesus ascended into heaven
• It matters that Jesus is in heaven seated at the right hand of the throne
• It matters that we believe and receive Jesus as our Savior and Lord!
The Resurrection of Jesus really did happen, and it really does matter! There is an empty tomb in Israel that bore witness to that historical reality and eyewitnesses who saw Jesus after His resurrection, written down preserved for us to this day in the Bible, God’s Word. The Bible is the inerrant, inspired, complete Word of God that is the absolute standard of our faith that directs the practice of all our faith.
It ought to matter that millions of people every year all over the world are experiencing transformed living when they trust in the risen Lord Jesus. Easter is our reminder that what Jesus did matters! What He did makes all the difference! And what we do matters!
Faith makes all things possible; Love makes all things easy; Hope makes all things work. Easter is a remembrance that our hopes and dreams are important to God and that if God is on our side, who can ever be against us?
What we do matters!
Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021
Three services: 8:30 am. 10:15 am. 12:00pm.
Children ministries at all services