Beloved Brothers and Sisters:
As we look forward to celebrating Resurrection Sunday this week, take advantage of this special reminder to meditate on the absolutely essential nature of the resurrection of our Lord. Our faith is unavoidably bound to the supernatural; without the miraculous, without God becoming a man and then being raised from the dead after willingly offering Himself to be brutally murdered, our religion would be worthless (1 Cor 15:13-19).
Since we have been working through the book of Hebrews, I find myself recognizing the importance of the resurrection of Christ in the text we have been studying. Think about the implications based on where we have been:
Without the resurrection there is no making purification of sins and sitting down and the right hand of the Father (1:2). Without the resurrection there is no eternal throne (2:8), and we do not see mankind, in its representative head, reigning over creation as it was created to do (2:9). Without the resurrection there is no victory over death and the hope it brings (2:14-15), and there is no one to offer help to the seed of Abraham (2:16) because there is no one who has endured under every trial (2:18).
Without the resurrection there is no Savior of mankind for us to believe in, no house to be a part of (3:6), no hope of glory on the other end of this present suffering (2:10). No great High Priest making intercession for us (2:17). Without the resurrection there is nothing.
Meditating on the resurrection of Christ I cannot help but see the implications of it everywhere in the book of Hebrews. I cannot imagine there would be anywhere in Scripture we could spend much time meditating upon and not see the implications and necessity of the resurrection.
Wherever you are at in your personal study of the Scriptures, take time this week to meditate upon the implications and necessity of the resurrection as it is presented in the text you study. Let it fuel your worship as we gather together to celebrate and glory in this truly world changing event.
In Case You Missed It
- Last Sunday we learned about Jesus’ superiority to Moses. Listen to The Servant and the Son from Hebrews 3:1-6.
- We are wanting to pick up with the testimonies we were hearing every week a while back. Pray about giving your testimony.
- A number of you have responded to me with updated information for the church directory. For that I thank you. For those of you who have not yet, please get that to me.
- Names and birthdays of everyone in the family
- Phone numbers
- Email Addresses
- Physical Address
- Remember that this Sunday is Easter Sunday, our first Sunday morning service. The service will be at 10:00 am, and we will be meeting together at 8:30 to enjoy breakfast before the service. This would be a good occasion to invite the families from Project Christmas to come and join us, or anyone else from the community that might be willing to come on account of the holiday.
Scripture Reading and Prayer
In order to promote unity of heart and mind among us, we are encouraging as many as are willing to join with us in reading through the entire Bible this year together, as well as devoting specific Scriptures to prayer each day. It is our prayer that as we meditate and pray over the same Scriptures each day, that God will work in our midst to bind us to one another, and to give us a common vision for the ministry here in Maynardville. Prayerfully consider joining with us in this endeavor, and we will see how God will work in our midst.
Our Scriptures to pray over this week are:
- Thur (4/17): Ps 51:17; Heb 13:15; Ps 51:51
- Fri (4/18): Heb 12:1-2
- Sat (4/19): Heb 13:20-21
- Sun (4/20): Luk 17:5; Mk 9:24b
- Mon (4/21): Ps 51:1-11
- Tue (4/22): Lk 18:13
- Wed (4/23): Ps 66:18
- Thur (4/24): Rom 10:1; 2 Cor 10:3-5
Our Scripture reading schedule for the week is:
- Thur (4/17): Josh 15:1-63; Lk 18:18-43; Ps 86:1-17; Pr 13:9-10
- Fri (4/18): Josh 16:1-18:28; Lk 19:1-27; Ps 87:1-7; Pr 13:11
- Sat (4/19): Josh 19:1-20:9; Lk 19:25-46; Ps 88:1-18; Pr 13:12-14
- Sun (4/20): Josh 21:1-22:20; Lk 20:1-26; Ps 89:1-13; Pr 13:15-16
- Mon (4/21): Josh 22:21-23:16; Lk 20:27-47; Ps 89:14-37; Pr 13:17-19
- Tue (4/22): Josh 24:1-33; Lk 21:1-28; Ps 89:38-52; Pr 13:20-23
- Wed (4/23): Judg 1:1-2:9; Lk 21:29-22:13; Ps 90:1-91:16; Pr 13:24-25
- Thur (4/24): Judg 2:10-3:31; Lk 22:13-34; Ps 92:1-93:5; Pr 14:1-2
With Love and Affection in Christ,