Do you know what the most powerful three words in Christendom are? Well, here’s a hint: they don’t begin with the pronoun, “I”. The three most powerful words to a believer in Jesus Christ are . . . “He is risen!” These three simple words represent the most amazing action ever achieved. Following the crucifixion, death, and burial of Jesus Christ ,those words were spoken by an angel to some women who visited the grave of Jesus after the Sabbath and found the stone blocking the entrance to His tomb had been rolled aside. Follow St. Matthew’s narrative in Matthew 28:2-5
Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. 3 His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. 4 The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint. 5Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He isn’t here! He is risen!”
How can this be? Well, Jesus told disciples that His death was imminent. But He also explained that it was not the end of hope. In Matthew 16:21, Jesus said, ‘that he must be killed and on the third day be
raised to life.’
Anne Graham Lutz said, “If the Cross were the whole story we wouldn’t have any hope . . . there is hope because Jesus has risen from the dead. And that tells us that even death is not final, that there is hope for tomorrow because of the resurrection of Jesus. He’s alive. We serve a risen Savior.” Now those are some powerful words!
But how, you may ask; how did Jesus raise Himself from the dead? Jesus didn’t. The Holy Spirit did. In Romans 8:11 Paul tells us “The Holy Spirit raised Jesus from the dead.” But that’s still not the end of our story, nor the end of hope for us.
Because Jesus is the First fruit of all who die and are resurrected because they believe in Him and trust Him to be their Savior. Paul goes on to say: “If the same Holy Spirit lives in you, He will give life to your bodies in the same way.”
This Easter, let’s grab hold of the hope offered in those three powerful words:
“He is risen! He is risen, indeed!”
Pastor Kevin David
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Important information for children entering
kindergarten at Edna C. Stevens in the fall:
Kindergarten Registration is on April 24th and 25th
If you did not attend the March 20th parent intro
night then you will have to call the school to set up
April vacation for the school age children will be
the week of April 15th. If your child will be
attending Hilltop during that vacation week, please
register on the sign-up sheet. Even if your child
will not be here that week, please indicate that on
the sheet so we can plan accordingly.
Hilltop will be CLOSED on Good Friday, April 19th.
PALM SUNDAY is April 14
Be at worship to celebrate Jesus’
triumphant entry into Jerusalem and
the beginning of Holy Week that
ultimately ends in Jesus’ resurrection
and our salvation!