On our Pastor’s mind

Believe!

For the last 2 weeks, I have been reading about the Passion week in all four Gospel accounts. There is much that happens between the supper at Simon the Leper’s house where Mary anointed Jesus with the expensive oil and Sunday morning at the resurrection. What a fascinating series of events!

For just a moment, I want to mention an exchange that happened between Jesus and the Sanhedrin during the famous mock trials of Jesus. Read the prompt given by the council and the response Jesus gave:

“If You are the Christ, tell us.” But He said to them, “If I tell you, you will by no means believe.” (Luke 22:67, NKJV)

Earlier in John 3, Jesus spoke to Nicodemus about believing in the Son of God. Jesus told Nicodemus that God sent His Son into the world that the world through Him might be saved (3:17). He went on to say,

“He who believes in Him [in God’s Son] is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:18, NKJV)

Our response to Jesus should be one of belief. We must “believe” that Jesus is the Christ. To the prison guard in Philippi, Paul said,

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (Acts 16:31, NKJV)

So have you believed on Jesus, the risen Lord and Savior?

From Pastor Gene

Praise the Lord! I just wanted to say thank you to all who participated in the cantata, “The Day He Wore My Crown.” I believe the message of the gospel truly touched all who came last Sunday night; and that has been our prayer from the beginning. Thanks again to everyone for a job well done!

On our Pastor’s mind

Hosanna

How many of you still pick out a Christmas tree at Christmas?

Most of you probably have an artificial tree that you just bring down from the attic each year.

Okay, I am not confused.

I know that it is not Christmas time. I only ask because I want you to think in terms of the children of Israel in Egypt who were told to select a lamb in Exodus 12:3. This lamb – sheep or goat – was to be without blemish and a male in its first year. If you will remember, when they killed it, they were to take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the house (Ex 12:6-7), so that the angel of death would pass over their house. This lamb was called the Passover.

Now, you may be confused!

Why are we talking about picking out Christmas trees and selecting lambs? Well, it all has to do with Jesus and Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday fell during the Passover celebration.

We think of Palm Sunday as the day of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and it was! But for Jesus it was a different day: it was selection day. In Exodus 12:3 God told Moses to have all the congregation of Israel select a lamb on the 10th day of the first month of the year – 10th day of Nisan. Palm Sunday would have been Nisan 10 – the selection day.

So Jesus is our Passover.

But that’s not all! He is also

the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. (Jn 1:29)

He is the atoning lamb. In fact, according to Revelation 13:8, Jesus is

the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

God is the one who provided ultimate atonement for our sin through God the Son. From God’s perspective Jesus had been selected from the foundation of the world.

On Palm Sunday, the crowds cried, “Hosanna!”

It literally means, “save now.” Jesus was and is the answer to their cry… to our cry. He is the Lamb who was slain to take away our sin… to save us.

And He is risen

(but that is the topic for next week)!

Parent’s Night Out

Friday, April 25 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Parents, do you need a date night or time to catch up on things at home? Plan to bring your children to the Parent’s Night Out hosted by the CityView U Sunday School class.PNO

Contact Christina S. to sign your child up for a wonderful evening of fun with other kids.

The Day He Wore My Crown

Come Celebrate
with us as we remember

The Day He Wore My Crown

by Russell Mauldin (Creator, Arranger)The Day He Wore My Crown

(a choral and dramatic presentation)

on

Sunday Evening, April 13 at 6 p.m.

From the moment Jesus was born, His whole life was about one thing – fulfilling His mission as the Lamb of God who would be slain for our sins. To us, Calvary is precious ground, and the cross is a constant reminder of just how far Love was willing to go to save us.