People of Light
People of the Cross – Part III
Scripture Reading: Luke 24:1-8
Key Verse: Luke 24:6a
“He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead!
Easter never gets old for People of Light. This story is our hope for our salvation and our eternal life. Read again, the reality of our faith:
But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So, they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes. The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what He told you back in Galilee, that ‘the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that He would rise again on the third day.’” Then they remembered that He had said this. (Luke 24:1-8a)
Note the last sentence of our reading: “Then they remembered that He had said this”. This reminds me how easy we forget what we have been told, as did these women at the empty tomb.
Jesus set up sacraments for His followers because of our tendency to forget important aspects of our salvation.
Jesus tells us to be baptized, not because baptism saves us, but that it would remind us of who did save us.
Jesus tells us to share in the Lord’s Supper, or Communion, not because it saves us, but to remind us of the cost of our salvation.
The early disciples gathered on their first day of the week to worship, not because it saved them, but to remind themselves of the benefits and assurances of their salvation.
Many believers, over the past decade or so, have decided that they do not need the weekly gatherings of church. When the pandemic hit, we had to stay home for a while and watch our pastors and worship teams over the internet. But now we can gather again, but many have decided it is more convenient to stay at home and watch.
I would like to remind us that our gatherings are not man’s ideas of worship, but God’s. We read in His Word, to not forsake the worship assembly:
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near. (Hebrews 10:25 NLT)
Let the Easter Celebration thrill your soul with all that it means to your life now and for eternity:
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)
Father, thank You for allowing Jesus to become our Redeemer! I praise You and celebrate what that means for all who believe. In Jesus’s Name, amen.