HE IS RISEN!
We are thankful today that even though the darkness of this world is not hidden from any of us, we can focus on what is praiseworthy and excellent. Thankful first and foremost for the love of the Father lavishly poured out for all mankind on the Cross and the promised eternal life that has been given to each of us that choose to accept the Truth. We are thankful that, for those of us in the USA, we have been given freedom in a nation that has given us great blessings and through them we can support our co-laborers around the world that are bringing the hope of Jesus Christ to nations that are not blessed like those of us that God has planted us in this field – for such a time as this. It was with heartfelt joy that we received this morning the testimonies from Evariste, the coordinator that we prayerfully and support in Burundi in Africa. On Easter, they visited 3 different communities in Bujumbura and baptized in Kinama 5 believers; in Gatumba 10 believers and in Gihanga 10 believers.
Jesus doesn’t care as much about what we give, as what we keep to ourselves.
Jesus came and gave us a “Preview of Coming Attractions”:
“As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on Him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is My Son, Whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:16-17)
“Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into Your Hands I commit My Spirit.’ When He had said this, He breathed His last.” (Luke 23:46) “When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene…Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country…Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating…He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever do not believe will be condemned….After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was taken up into heaven and He sat at the right Hand of God.” (Mark 16:9-20