From Pastor Jim, march 20

GETTING EASTER RIGHT

A Sunday School teacher asked her class on the Sunday before Easter if they knew what happened on Easter and why it was so important. One little girl spoke up saying: “Easter is when the whole family gets together, and you eat turkey and sing about the pilgrims and all that.” “No, that’s not it,” said the teacher. “I know what Easter is,” a second student responded. “Easter is when you get a tree and decorate it and give gifts to everybody and sing lots of songs.” “Nope, that’s not it either,” replied the teacher. Finally a third student spoke up, “Easter is when Jesus was killed, and put in a tomb and left for three days.” “Ah, thank goodness somebody knows” the teacher thought to herself. But then the student went on: “Then everybody gathers at the tomb and waits to see if Jesus comes out, and if he sees his shadow he has to go back inside and we have six more weeks of winter.”



There are a lot of people who, while they may know the story of Easter, don’t know Jesus personally. They haven’t experienced the transformation and hope that comes from knowing the Risen Christ. Would you be praying for the person you will bring with you this Easter Sunday? Pray that their heart would be open to come and your heart would open to inviting them. They are looking for hope, peace, and a sense of purpose in their life. They need to know they matter to God. They need you to help them. You can make a difference for eternity this Easter, beginning right now!



See You Sunday,

Pastor Jim