Posted by: pastortomvabeach | March 26, 2018

Thought for the Week April 1, 2018

Again Pastor Doug had a wonderful thought to ponder last week. Please tell him thanks.

The last two weeks we have shared a humorous video to encourage us to invite someone to church on Easter Sunday. Did you see it? One guy asks the other if he will go to church with him on Easter. The other guy says he will and then asks when is Easter to which the first guy responds, “April fool.” Well, the conversation degenerates into a “Who’s on first.” sort of comedy routine and finally they part and the second guy asks his cell phone, “When is Easter?” The phone replies, “Easter Sunday this year is April 1st, April Fools Day.” It is quite amusing.

Thinking about that I wondered, if the date of Jesus’ actual resurrection had been on April first (which it could have been since Passover changes dates in the spring every year), and April Fools Day was celebrated back then, it would have been a real April fool to those who wanted Him dead.

They went through all that trouble and heartache, all the lies and deceit, even declaring their allegiance to Caesar over God, to get Jesus killed and on Sunday, April fool! He’s alive! The Roman soldiers, who were experts at crucifying and killing people, did what they did as well as they had ever done it. They even stabbed Jesus in the side with a spear to make sure He was deat, and on Sunday, April fool! He’s alive! The Roman governor ordered the tomb to be sealed and guarded by a crack quaternion of Roman guards so that no one could come and steal the body and claim Jesus rose. They set the guard, they sealed the tomb, and on Sunday, April fool! The earth quaked, the stone was supernaturally rolled away, and Jesus rose.

They thought they had the power. They thought they could get Him and His message out of the way. They thought they would last forever as the rulers of the greatest empire on earth and on Sunday, April fool! The Alpha and Omega, the First and Last, the One who holds the keys of death and Hades, broke the bonds of death and rose as the eternal King of the Universe. Jesus won and they were all shown to be fools.

Today, April Fools Day is a time for practical jokes and fun, but, if the first resurrection Sunday had happened on April First, Jesus showed the world that He was serious! He came to seek and save all who were lost, He gave His life so that could happen, and He rose as victor over sin and death. He was dead serious and now was alive serious!

This Easter Sunday, we’re not playing a joke. He is risen! He is risen indeed! And that makes all the difference in all the world. Aren’t you glad? Tell someone, “He is risen!” Ask someone to join you to celebrate the resurrection and when they ask the date, please don’t say, “April Fool.” Tell them, it’s Sunday, this Sunday, April first. Just a thought.

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