Son Light Bible Church
2503 Oregon Pike,
Hello Friends and Members of Son Light,
This was certainly the most unusual Easter that any of us have experienced. No gathering for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, or getting up early for a sunrise service (I certainly missed the always yummy breakfast following). But as we all know, one part remained the same; Jesus is alive and death is defeated!
Scriptures tell us that after the arrest of Jesus, His disciples fled and eventually hid together in an upper room. Confused. Scared. Isolated. Sound familiar? However if they had just consulted and believed the prophesies and Jesus’ own words, they would have known this dark time was temporary and, as the song says, then came the morning.
The Gospel of John records the reunion with Jesus and His disciples: On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” (John 20:19-23)
Jesus hasn’t changed His ways in the last 2,000 years. He still comes to us in our time of fear, confusion and isolation. He reaches out His hand to offer peace. And not just any peace but “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, [that] will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)
You will find that peace by reading the Word of God and spending time with Him in prayer. Jesus is reaching out His hands to you today. May you receive that peace and comfort and know that the Messiah, the risen Son of God is with you today and every day.
He has risen. He has risen indeed!
Michael Nolt, Pastor