At today's church service, Pastor Ken said something that really made me think. It was something along these lines...
Yes, the cross is very important to us, as Christians. It is a symbol of all of the pain Jesus Christ suffered upon taking all of our sin as he was nailed to the cross. So, if you have jewelry, that's what that jewelry - that cross - is supposed to remind you of as you wear it.
However - many people died on a cross, two others with Jesus. That is not the best part of Jesus' life! The best part is this: while he died on a Friday, he rose from the dead on Sunday! For had Jesus not risen, we would not have HOPE in an everlasting life!
How awesome is that?!? I know that these are things that some people just know, and I'm amont those people. But sometimes, you hear something in a different way, and it just opens your eyes and your heart to God's word.
So, on this Easter, be thankful for the cross, but rest in the HOPE that was given to us in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
On a side note - Pastor Ken set a goal of having 500 people attend the services today, and guess what?!?! We had over 630 people come to church today! I just pray that everyone took something away from today's service, and I hope that they have a renewed HOPE in their lives for what they heard today. Praise God for all He does! =.)
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that anyone who believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16 (Amen!!)