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Kalamazoo, Michigan

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April 2013

Written by Michael Thomas Scott, Sr., D.Min.  |  Found in: Main

From the Pulpit:

Resurrection: He Rose From the Dead!

"And go quickly and tell his disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, Behold, I have told you."--Matthew 28:7 NKJV

Today, marks the beginning of the season known to many as "Eastertide" or others call it "Resurrection Season." For believers, this is a period of time to celebrate Christ's victory over death, hades, and the grave. However, there are many, many others on this planet to whom this is only another time in which to have parties, buy new clothes, and feed their kids a ton of candy and chocolate. Easter, for the world, has become just another holiday which is much like what Christmas is to the world...just a time that really has no meaning except to spend money on things that don't relate to the true meaning of the holiday.

Look around today and see what the celebration of Jesus Christ rising from the tomb has be-come. See the Easter eggs and Easter baskets and the candy, flowers, clothes and all the rest. What in the world does any of that have to do with the reason we celebrate Resurrection Sun-day? These trapping have NOTHING to do with Jesus Christ! What we see are the leftovers for the pagan spring planting festivals from times long ago. You see, the world has kept the "good stuff" so it can celebrate with us, Christians, and make themselves fit in better to what we're doing during our true celebrations.

As we go about our individual and corporate services during the next few days, let's remem-ber to pray for those who think that Resurrection is just another holiday in which to over in-dulge in the things of the world. Let us lift up those who don't know God so they will come to understand what it is we really do celebrate: Jesus being raised up from death in order that God's plan of salvation would come to pass...for all humanity.

My hope is that we will recognize the true meaning of the Resurrection and seek to make dis-ciples as Christ has commissioned us. This Resurrection Season, let's pray for this world in which we live so that the kingdoms of this world may become the Kingdom of our Christ!

Happy Resurrection Sunday,

Michael Thomas Scott, Sr., D.Min.
Senior Pastor/Servant Leader