Greetings in Jesus, In a world turned upside down by the pandemic, we have a hope found in the certainty of the love of God and the reality of the resurrection of Jesus.
Jesus’ victory over sin and the grave gives us reason to be confident and a message of hope to share with others. The pinnacle of God’s interactions with people is the cross! The cross tells the story of Jesus rather than the opinions of people. The cross is the summation of the Old Testament teachings of the need for a sacrifice for the sins of the people. It is about sin, heaven, hell, forgiveness, resurrection. Only Christians see the cross as a sign of victory. On the cross, Jesus gave his life so that we might live. Colossians 2:13 – 15:
“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” Jesus paid off the debt we owed – a massive debt that we could never possibly pay off on our own. He took our penalty. We are made alive in Him. There is a simple song, written by Ellis Crum: He paid the debt he did not own, I own the debt I could not pay I needed someone to wash my sins away And now I sing a brand new song, "Amazing grace" Christ Jesus paid the debt I could never pay. Katie McGahan shared: “The very first Easter taught us this: that life never ends and love never dies.” May God remind us through this Easter, of this great love and hope. For those who are able, the following are the Easter activities at Bayview Church: Friday, April 2, 10 am: Good Friday Communion Service Sunday, April 4, 10:45 am: Easter Sunday Service Philippians 1:3 – 6:
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Richard and Judy Gilbert.