The foundation of Christian faith, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, is celebrated throughout the world during Easter Week.
Modern day culture makes its nod to the pagan origins of the spring season and the pre-Christian goddess of fertility named Eostre, with the ancient symbols associated with birth and spring, the egg and the hare. This is why you find the pastel explosion of adorable stuffed bunnies and foil wrapped eggs in stores aisles the minute they have removed the chocolate remnants and red heart’s of Valentine’s Day from the shelves.
It is understandable that it is easy to be distracted by all these delightful symbols of spring, after all who doesn’t love bunnies, and who doesn’t enjoy another holiday where consuming chocolate is mandated. Are we perhaps missing the true and essential meaning of Easter, and the source of all new life, and re-birth? The answers to the questions that everyone, everywhere, throughout time has asked themselves have nothing to do with a rabbit. “Where have I come from?”, “Will my life have meaning?,” and “Where will I go when I die?” have all been answered by a lamb. A sacrificial lamb. This lamb was the perfect and ultimate sacrifice for our sin. There is none among us without sin, and it is this sin that separates us from God. This lamb, The Lamb of God, is Jesus Christ. He died in atonement for our sins, and then rose again three days later. Through His death and resurrection we are reconciled with God. All who believe in Him, acknowledge their sin, and accept by faith, are given the gift of eternal life.
It is these precious gifts that we as Christians at Grace Church are celebrating this Easter Week with two special services. We will commemorate Jesus’ death on the cross, Good Friday, April 22, at 6 p.m., with a poignant evening service at the Ross Aragon Community Center, followed by a shared meal. On Easter morning, Sunday, April 24, at 10 a.m., we will again meet at the community center to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, with a special service filled with jubilant worship music, heartfelt fellowship, and a compelling message of joy and hope brought to us by Dr. Larry Lindquist, assistant professor of pastoral ministry and evangelism at Denver Seminary. Please join us, we would love to welcome you, and answer any questions you might have.
For more details about the services, call the Grace Church office at 731-6200.