Good Friday and Easter Sunday
The apostle Paul once wrote, "And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those who have fallen alseep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied" (1 Cor. 15:17-19). In other words, Christianity itself rises and falls on an objective, historical, event -- the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. If this isn't true, if this didn't happen, "we are of all people most to be pitied".
But Paul gives no doubt that this is true. It did happen. The next verse in 1 Corinthians, he writes, "But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep" (1 Cor. 15:20). This is what Easter Sunday is all about -- celebrating the truth that Jesus Christ rose from the dead.
Earlier in this same chapter, Paul not only reminds us that he was one of more than 500 people who were eyewitnesses of Jesus Christ after He rose from the dead (1 Cor. 15:5-8), but also the significance and meaning of Christ's death on the cross: "Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures" (1 Cor. 15:3b).
Good Friday seems like such a strange thing to call the day when Christ faced the agonies of the cross. But the reason it is "Good" Friday, and the reason why it is the heart of the good news of the gospel (1 Cor. 15:1-3) is what it means for us. "Christ died for our sins". He paid for our sins while He was there on the cross, so that we could experience forgiveness of all our sins if we receive the gift He came to bring.
These twin, historical events, are what we will be gathering to celebrate on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Good Friday, we will meet together at 7:00 p.m. -- focusing on the cross in the music, the message, and taking the Lord's Supper together. Easter Sunday, we won't have our regular Sunday School classes, we will worship together at 10:00 a.m. We will celebrate and rejoice in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. There will be special music, Scripture focused on this truth, and a message from God's Word from one of the best loved verses in the Bible: John 3:16.
We invite you to join us for both of these special services: Friday at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. at our worship center at 2611 S. 56th here in Lincoln.
Rejoicing in Christ's resurrection with you!