This was published in the local Newspaper for Easter, along with devotions from other local clergy…
Life and Death.
Easter is about many things, but one of the most hard-hitting is: life and death. While death is one of those topics we often like to avoid, it affects all of us. Death is scary, uncertain and unfortunate. Many of us carry the emotional scars of missing loved ones who have died. Some people can see how we grieve and know about our scars. However, most of the time people have no idea the scars and grief we carry.
Jesus is the one person who knows every one of our scars. In fact, He entered our world in order to heal the scars of our grief. Not too long before the first Easter, Lazarus died. Lazarus and his sisters were close friends of Jesus. As Jesus brought Lazarus back to life, He said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25-26)
Jesus went even further than simply bringing one friend back to life. Jesus knew the only way to permanently beat death was to experience it Himself. He willingly allowed Himself to be killed on a cross. Just three days later, He rose from the dead on Easter morning. Jesus showed the world that He is more powerful than death.
Even though we do unfortunately have to experience death and carry the scars of grief, one day the scars will be healed. Jesus will one day return and put an end to death forever. For everyone who trusts in Jesus as “The resurrection and the life,” we will be able to live together with God and will “never die” again. This something worth celebrating at Easter: Jesus beat death for us and only He can heal the scars of our grief
If you are looking for a church home to celebrate with this Easter, we invite you to join our church family! A free Easter breakfast is at 8:00 a.m. and worship is at 9:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday.
Pastor Tim Heinecke