Newsletter 13th April 2022

The message of Jesus’ resurrection is: “Jesus is Lord!”

Because Jesus has overcome death, He’s the boss … because no one else has done that!

Shortly after the resurrection, Peter stood up in Jerusalem, the city where Jesus had recently been crucified, and proclaimed, “This Jesus whom you killed, God has raised. Therefore, let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

Paul specifically connects the resurrection of Jesus with his role as judge of mankind at the end of the age. He says, in Acts 17:31, ‘God has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.’

Jesus’ judgement is necessary for heaven to be heaven. Disobedience spoils heaven. If we choose to be rebels, God will respect that choice. But it will leave us, by our own choice, in the realm of darkness that Jesus, in the Bible, calls Hell.

The resurrection is great news for those who live with Jesus as boss, and terrible news for those who don’t.

Since Jesus’ resurrection, God’s invitation to mankind is, “end your rebellion and make Jesus King in your life!”

And his promise to all who do is, ‘’you’ll receive a full pardon and eternal life.”

Jesus’ friend Peter tells us, “in his great mercy God has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish spoil or fade.”

May we be those who rejoice in this hope and share it with those who are yet without God and without hope in the world.

Best wishes for a joyful Easter.