Good Morning Pioneer Baptist!
He is Risen! This is one of the very greatest days of the year for the Christian. Instead of a new Easter bonnet, we’re sporting face masks! We had our Sonrise service at 6:15 with a grand total of seven people in attendance, but we never forget Matthew 18:20 (KJV) “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Although the skies were overcast obscuring our view, I know the sun rose right on time, and although I can see neither the empty tomb nor the Risen Saviour with these physical eyes of mine, I know that Jesus has risen and is victoriously alive, and that He will soon return. Praise the LORD!
Since we did not livestream the Sonrise Service, here is the gist. Mary found the Tomb empty, but did not stick around the scene, as she was told to go and tell the disciples. Peter and John got there quickly, but they were instructed to go to Galilee. Later, the apostles would get to spend forty days with the LORD, and they were privileged to be present to see Him ascend into Heaven! These must have been amazing sights and awe-striking experiences. But again, immediately following the Ascension, they were asked a very pointed question, preserved for us in Acts 1:11 “…. Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”
The point being that as great as these events were, and as tempted as we might be to build temples of praise and veneration at these sacred sites, there was a greater agenda and a more noble purpose to be pursued. “Go, get to work, and tell others about the Glorious Gospel of the LORD Jesus Christ." Stop gazing and start praising. It’s a motivation, not a mausoleum. It’s a commission, not a convocation. It’s a revelation, not a rest and recuperation.
You’ve seen it, you know it; now get going and tell it! There’s a job to be done. Don’t stand around contemplating, cogitating, and speculating – start initiating! Get going and get to work!
This is definitely one of the many messages of the day we called Easter!
Love and Prayers to you all,