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FROM THE PASTOR - MARCH 2016

posted Feb 26, 2016, 12:07 PM by Linda Dickinson   [ updated Feb 26, 2016, 12:07 PM ]

Dear Elmwood Family and Friends,

 

Why Easter?

What’s so important about Easter?

Why is there so much interest in a person born 2,000 years ago?

Why are so many people excited about Jesus?

Why do we need Him?  Why did He come?

Why did He die?

Why should anyone bother to find out?

 

The answers to these questions and many others can be found in the wonderful booklet entitled “Why Easter” by the founder of Alpha, Nicky Gumbel.  In these weeks just before Easter we will have a supply of the booklets available for you to share with family and friends with our Holy Week schedule inserted in each booklet.  Please be praying about whom you might share the glorious news of Jesus with this Easter season.

 

Nicky writes in the booklet: 

Jesus said He died “for” us.  The word “for” means “instead of.”  He did it because He loved us and did not want us to have to pay the penalty for all the things that we had done wrong.  On the cross He was effectively saying, “I will take all those things on myself.”  He did it for you and He did it for me.  If you or I had been the only person in the world He would have done it for us.  St. Paul wrote of “the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).  It was out of love for us that He gave His life as a ransom.  The word “ransom” comes from the slave market.  A kind person might buy a slave and set him free – but first the ransom price had to be paid.  Jesus paid, by His blood on the cross, the ransom price to set us free.

 

This amazing gift and the fact that Jesus rose victoriously from the dead, brings tremendous freedom and joy to everyone who accepts this fabulous good news.   As the classic Easter hymn declares, “The strife is o’er, the battle done; now is the Victor’s triumph won!  Now be the song of praise begun.  Alleluia!”

 

Please see the special opportunities on page 2 that are available to you as we complete our Lenten journey, remembering the Benefits from the Cross, and experience once again the Holy Week joy, glory, and victory of our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

In highest praise,

Pastor Fred

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