Pastor’s Pen

“Celebrating The Greatest Day in History”

Easter Sunday this year falls on April 1st, a day when people play pranks on what is commonly known as April fools day. But God is no fool, and He cannot be fooled. He had a plan for the salvation of the world that at first glance culminated in the death of His son Jesus.

However, the amazing part of this plan which was about to unfold was to show Satan once again how foolish he was to try & come up against Almighty God.

Empty CrossWhen Jesus cried out with a loud voice whilst hanging on the cross at Calvary, “It is finished.” and then bowed His head & died, Satan thought he had won!

This unfortunately for him was not the case, he had actually lost yet again, because on the third day Jesus rose from the grave. Once again our awesome God was demonstrating His Power & Authority over all things by defeating once & for all the power of death & freeing all who believe in Him from an eternity in Hell.

John 16:33, Jesus reminds us “That in this world we will have tribulation, but we are to be of good cheer, & not to fear, because He has overcome the world” Easter is the greatest time for celebration because we have a hope that is steadfast & sure in an awesome God who cannot fail.

The challenges and difficulties that you maybe facing at this time may seem insurmountable but Matthew 19:26 reminds us that even though to man things appear to be impossible, with God “All things are possible”. God has not promised us a life free from problems or sickness, He has however, promised us that He is the answer to all our needs and if we put our trust in Him & stand on the promises of His word, then we can & will see the faithfulness of our loving God revealed in us and through us. Jesus is alive, we have been redeemed by Him completing the work at Calvary, one day we will see Him & be with Him for all eternity. So rejoice you are a child of God, because “It is finished” Hallelujah!!!

 

Pastor’s Easter Message

With Easter just a few weeks away, I have been reminded of the full extent of the victory Jesus won at Calvary. Over the past months we, at Elim Pontypridd  have known many suffering with all kinds of illnesses and even some being called home by God. As humans we often times struggle to understand why God doesn’t appear to be answering our prayers. If we are honest with ourselves on occasions we lose sight of God and all hope seems to fade away, we begin to question if there’s any real point in praying as things never seem to change.

Just this past week God has been speaking to me about hope. Matthew 27:50-54 tells an amazing story within the account of the death of Jesus.

And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.
Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
 
So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!” And many women who followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him, were there looking on from afar, among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons. Now when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus.                     
Matthew 27:50-54 (NIV)

Often times, when reading the scripture we just skip past it instead of stopping and recognising the enormity of it. At the very moment that Jesus died, the curtain in the temple tore in two from top to bottom, there was an earthquake, the tombs burst open and those who had died and were buried came back to life, they went into the city and were seen by many people. The centurion and others guarding the body of Jesus Christ witnessed these things including the dead resurrected, and upon seeing what took place exclaimed “Surely He was the son of God”.

The curtain separating man from God was torn in two, Jesus had made a way for us to come to God and find forgiveness. The tombs burst open and the dead came back to life, resurrection power revealed for all to see, the great I AM displayed His Awesomeness astonishing even those who stood guard, causing them to proclaim that He was indeed the Son of God.

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The Lesson

Our hope should not be in what we see but in who Jesus is, and what He alone can do. 1 Corinthians 15:54-57 reaffirms this hope, stating “O death where is your sting, O grave where is your victory?”

When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” 
Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” 
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:54-57 (NIV)

We know that one day we will be reunited in heaven with those who have gone on ahead of us, but that doesn’t mean we should stop hoping, trusting, believing, for the impossible to be made possible even today. That scene of shock, jubilation, and reunion for those families who had said their farewells must have been amazing, so don’t lose hope, keep believing “That with Christ All Things Are Possible”, Jesus wears the Victors crown and is seated at the right hand of God the father, interceding for you and me.