From the Pastor....
Easter to Us!EASTER means the world is FOREVER CHANGED.
EASTER means our LORD, who willingly entered death, IS ALIVE.
EASTER means all of creation knows HOPE FOR THE FUTURE.
EASTER means our lives today have PURPOSE INTO FOREVER.
EASTER means EVERYTHING!
Over the course of my life, I have been told so often to cling to my baptism. I have been told again and again how important it is to look to my baptism. To be honest for a long time, even into adulthood, I never completely understood why this was so important. I knew Baptism was a big deal and I valued it, but it always seemed like I was missing something.
When I began serving my first call as a pastor, all of a sudden I was responsible to meet with and teach those seeking baptisms. In these meetings I was reading the following passage from scripture over and over and over.
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
We were buried therefore with him by death, in order, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in the newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again: death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you must also consider yourself dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Romans 6:3-10
Only through reading this passage to people again and again did it finally start to dawn on me why Baptism was so amazing. JESUS BROUGHT EASTER TO ME IN BAPTISM.
Duh… How had I missed this all these years? Read this passage again with Easter as the magic decoder ring.
Every Easter I stand up and say to the congregation, “He is Risen!” And the congregation responds, “He is Risen indeed! Alleluia.” But have you ever thought about what this means? This “He has risen!” also means, “We are Risen Indeed! Alleluia” Through the waters of baptism we have been raised, INDEED! BAPTISM IS OUR EASTER.
Happy Easter. Spend this season reveling in the victory of Jesus Christ. His victory is your victory. His resurrection is your resurrection. His Life is your Life and all of this has been given each one of us in Baptism. Amen!
Pastor Guy Roberts