Gabriel's Horn, Pastor Tim, April, 2015

posted Mar 30, 2015, 6:00 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Mar 30, 2015, 6:00 PM ]
Dear Friends and Members of Leola United Methodist Church,

    The first Easter caught everyone by surprise. No one had been an eye-witness to the resurrection. No one had seen Jesus rise from the dead. This life changing, world altering event happened in the middle of the night while everyone was sleeping.

    Each of the four Gospels reports that women made the discovery of the empty tomb, although each Gospel reports a different number of women present. The Gospel of John has only one woman, Mary Magdalene, going to the tomb early Easter morning. The male disciples, you may recall, were hiding, God knows where, that morning. They were filled with fear and sorrow. Women were the only people brave enough to venture to the tomb
    Easter amazed everyone because no one expected it. Isn’t that the best kind of surprise? Totally unexpected! God knew how much the disciples needed something to lift their sorrowful spirits. They felt defeated, all their hopes and dreams dashed as Jesus died on the cross that Friday afternoon. They undoubtedly had difficulty sleeping that weekend.

    Easter came with reports from the women that Jesus was alive! The disciples were slow to accept and believe what they were told. They should have believed; the women were credible witnesses. Besides, Jesus had told them several times what would happen. It took them several days and multiple encounters with the Risen Lord before the truth set in. However, once they grasped the significance of the resurrection, they were elated.

    Life would never be the same, Easter changed everything. The disciples realized that God’s plan of salvation was more far reaching than anything they might have imagined.

    Jesus told his disciples, “Peace be with you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” No sooner did they believe than they were commissioned to tell everyone the good news. “As the Father sent me,” Jesus said, “so I am sending you.” (John 20:21-22)

    Today we are God’s Twenty-first Century Easter people. We experience the grace and peace of the Risen Lord Jesus. We want to share with others the joy and excitement we feel on Easter. The presence of the Risen Lord is with us today and forever. We will go forth with love and joy to share news too good to keep to ourselves!

May we once again be surprised by Easter! Happy Easter everyone!

Your Pastor,
Pastor Tim