We may be somewhat scattered and bewildered like the disciples after Jesus’ resurrection, but the reality of the cross and resurrection remain as powerful as ever.
When Jesus died and rose again he made a way for those who believe in him to be restored to God: forgiven from sins, clothed in righteousness and empowered from within by the Holy Spirit. In Jesus now, and for ourselves when he returns, we can say:
“Death has been swallowed up in victory.
Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:54-55)
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. (1 Peter 1:3-4)
Thank you to everyone who has made the effort to connect in via live stream, to those who have helped others get online, those who have been participating in Bible studies on Skype or Zoom, and to those who have been making phone calls and delivering bulletins, CDs and printed-off studies. It is so much easier just to meet all together in person! Please keep it up.
The Lord’s Supper was instituted by Jesus and is an important part of our fellowship gatherings. I know that for some people taking Lord’s Supper at Easter time is also very significant. However, this Easter and for the time being I will not be leading it online. I have considered doing it via live stream or Zoom, but I have concluded that I would prefer not to do it at all. Although we primarily eat and drink on Christ in our hearts by faith, the physical presence of us all gathering and eating is important in the sacrament. I don’t consider satisfactory expression of what Christ has given us. I do long to properly meet together with you all (cf. 3 John 14).
– SAM PURSELL