April 3, 2018
He didn’t come barreling down the streets of Jerusalem with sword in hand! Humbly, Jesus entered the city where He’d spent the week of Passover, faced His arrest and endured His death. What a joke He must have been to His disciples and fellow Jews. Where was their mighty general? Why wasn’t He trying to deliver them from their Roman oppressors? Fortunately, we know how the story ends. But for those who were watching from the streets of Jerusalem, they had no clue how the story would end on Easter Sunday.
When I realized Easter fell on April first, I was curious how Christians might spin the jokester holiday in favor of an empty tomb. Appropriately, Pastor Dylan centered the Easter sermon with verses focusing on Acts 5:12-42 and the powerful declaration: “Jesus’ resurrection was either the greatest miracle to happen or it was the greatest prank in history.”
For those who would question the validity of Christianity and the promise of eternal life, all we have to do is go to the Old Testament where over 300 prophecies were fulfilled regarding the coming of Christ. Perhaps, it is these truths that have made The Bible the #1 read book of all time.
Unlike those who followed Theudas, in Acts 5:36, the followers of Jesus didn't scatter. The Resurrection wasn’t just a fad- it was real just as the promise of eternal life is real. Had the Resurrection occurred in today’s time, it would be more than a trending hash tag. The Resurrection literally changed the world.
Jesus not only shattered the Romans’ and Jews’ expectations of extinguishing the Christian faith, instead He was the contagious spark that spurred generations willing to become martyrs and messengers for the Gospel. The questions and theories floating around in the past are no different than those of today- but the power of the Holy Spirit remains the same. As Christians we don’t have all the answers but we cling to our faith and hope in God. As Pastor Dylan stated, “Science doesn’t discredit God, it credits Him. New discoveries shouldn’t intimidate us, but encourage us.”
Jesus didn’t come barreling down the streets of Jerusalem’s, but He did break down death’s door so we might have life and life in abundance-if we accept Him as Savior. I'm grateful to be a part of the Jesus Movement through the Well, and that Jesus’ Resurrection was the greatest miracle to ever happen. He is Risen!
Dylan Robinson - April 1, 2018
From Series: "All Messages"
Morgan is a 5th grade school teacher who is passionate about people, reading, writing, and sprinkles on her ice cream. When she's not teaching, Morgan loves spending time with loved ones, learning about new things, and worshipping her King at church or in the car.