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Pastor's Corner April 11, 2017

Today’s world is making big plans for this weekend. When you look at the spending numbers, you can see that the focus of this weekend is much more on a rabbit, eggs, gifts, and flowers and not on the Saviour who died on a cross to set man free from sins curse. The proof of what our nation thinks of Easter weekend is in the facts: Total Spent: $16.4 billion on chocolate bunnies, plastic eggs, and marshmallow peeps. 80% of Americans will celebrate Easter 85% will spend $5 billion on food alone $2.2 billion on candy $2.4 billion on gifts $1.1 billion on flowers $221.39 average spending per person online While the world is celebrating a make believe bunny that apparently lays eggs and carries a woven basket in his hands, they have been blinded (2 Cor. 4:4) to the real fact behind this weekend. Over 2,000 years ago, the creator of the world, God Almighty, The King of Kings, The Great I Am, showed His unconditional love toward sinful man (Rom 5:8) as He sent the best Heaven had to offer to die in the place of man to atone for the curse of sin man had upon him (1 John 2:2, Rom 3:23, 6:23). Jesus Christ, Gods only Son, was born into this flesh through a virgin birth of a woman (Luke 1:30, 1:27, 31). Jesus would be His name (Matthew 1:25), which means God with us. Jesus began His earthly walk and for 30 years was all man and still all God. Then at the age of 30, He was baptized in the Jordan river by His forerunner, John the Baptist (Matthew 3:1317). This would be the beginning of Jesus ministry on earth. He would head to the wilderness where He was tempted 3 times by the devil. He would heal all manner of sick, cast out demons, and raise the dead. Then the religious crowd of the day began to hate Him more because He was taking folks away from their repetitious, empty religions. So, they sought a way to destroy Him. They devised a plan and charged Him with blasphemy. One of His disciples sold Him out for 30 pieces of silver. Then led these Jesus haters to Jesus and personally identified Jesus by kissing Him on His cheek (Matthew 26:48). They led Jesus to the High Priest and brought false witness (Matthew 26:59) against Him. The High Priest accused Him of blasphemy. The crowd begin to spit on Him, hit Him on His face, to them this innocent man was guilty. They took Jesus to a man named Pilate in hopes he would condemn Jesus to die. Pilate wanted to be the proper politician and so he asked what the crowd wanted to do with Jesus. Pilate brought out a murderer and Jesus. He asked the crowd to choose which one they wanted crucified and the other would be set free. The crowd chanted crucify (Matthew 27:23) and they also said they would be accountable for His death (Matthew 27:25). They wove a crown of thorns and placed it on His head in mockery. They beat Him with a leather whip embedded with sharp objects, 39 lashes upon His back. Then they led Him down the streets of the city, outside to a hill called Golgotha. There they nailed His hands and feet to the cross. For 6 hours Jesus hung between heaven and earth. The sins of all humanity were upon Him. God turned His back to Him, because God can’t look upon sin. The only people who can come close to understanding His pain is those who died in their sins and are suffering in Hell today (Rom 6:23). Then Jesus spoke 7 statements from the cross, one that should ring in our ears is “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” Jesus gave up His life, they placed His body in an empty, borrowed tomb. They sealed the tomb with a stone. But on the morning of the third day, the stone was moved and the only thing that remained in the tomb was the grave clothes that Jesus was buried in. There was a message Jesus left that was written in the napkin that covered His face. The message was in that the napkin was folded, signifying a Jewish tradition that Jesus was coming back. Now this is the true store behind this Easter weekend. Because the first day of the week is the day we celebrate His resurrection. That day is not Monday but Sunday. This account came straight from the Bible. Amazing there isn’t a rabbit, chocolate, or an egg mentioned in this whole story. So why people want to celebrate such on this weekend, these worldly things which cost you money but can’t save your life, when you could celebrate Jesus Christ whose salvation is free and offers you eternal life. I am not against egg hunting and candy, Im just saying that your priority should be to put Jesus first in the Easter holiday. It’s out prayer you find the true meaning of Easter this year, because it will change and save your life.

Love y’all, Preacher Hank and Mrs. Wendy




Sunrise     7:00 AM


Breakfast  7:30 AM


Worship     8:30 Am