To the Called Out Ones of Jesus Christ,
To the Called Out Ones of Jesus Christ (and to all those wanting
positive change in their lives and the world),
Last Sunday we celebrated Easter – Resurrection Sunday. It was a
beautiful time together as a Church body and knowing that hundreds of
millions of Christians were celebrating this together around the
Turning points happen everywhere in life, in nature and in history.
Some are common and not very significant. Others are monumental and
pivotal to our individual lives or to all of humanity and human
I love spring. I get excited when I see the first daffodils poking up
out of the ground because I know that spring has arrived and better,
warmer weather has arrived along with all the color of flowers and
blooming trees. For me, the arrival of the daffodils is the turning
point from winter to spring and I look forward to it every year.
On the personal level, events like getting married or having a baby
are major turning points in people lives. Life is one way before these
events and completely different afterwards, hopefully for better. But
either way, they are major turning points. On a more sober nature,
things like a heart attack or auto accident can also be major turning
points – changing one’s life forever.
On the global scale, in recent history, there are few things more
significant than the allied victory over the powers of the Axis in
WWII and the turning point of that war, the successful invasion of
Normandy by the allied forces. It was a monumental effort with
tremendous risk, and there was much to do after they had achieved the
objective of establishing a beachhead but it was the beginning of the
end of the war, the turning point. And, incredibly, 15 months later
the war was over and the political landscape of the world was forever
changed, seeing the fall of the great German and Japanese Empires
crushed and the rise of Russia and the US as the new world
superpowers, and the establishment of Israel as a nation. Monumental
changes that have forever changed the world in which we live.
However, in the scope of all human history, the most significant
turning point is what happened last weekend two thousand years ago.
Jesus’ death and resurrection are the turning point of human history –
the most important event for every human who ever lived. We can say so
because our everyday calendars, that everyone around the world uses,
declare it to be so by identifying this year as 2018; 2,018 years
after the birth of Christ! Here’s the real reason:
Appropriately, we call last Friday, Good Friday because of His
sacrificial death on the cross. Jesus’ death was the beginning of the
end of the work of the devil on earth. Like a great general going into
a critical battle – the battle of sin and death – on His way to the
Cross Jesus said:
“Now is the time for judgment on this world; *now the prince of this
world will be driven out*. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth,
will draw all people to myself.” John 12:31-32
Then He went on to the cross and He did what only He could do – pay
the penalty for the sins of the whole world. And just before He died,
He said, “It is Finished.” That was the turning point. That was the
beginning of the end. Sin had been taken care of but there was more!
That was Friday. THEN CAME SUNDAY!!!
“Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their
humanity so that *by his death he might break the power of him who
holds the power of death*—that is, the devil— *and free those who all
their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death*.” Hebrews
THERE WAS MORE! The bible says that, “The reason the Son of God
appeared was to destroy the *devil*’s work.” I John 3:8. Jesus – THE
GREAT GENERAL IN THE BATTLE OVER SIN AND DEATH – not only paid the
price for our sins but broke the chains of death choking humanity- not
just the death that we face when our bodies stop working but the kind
of life characterized by death and pain and lies and destruction. He
came to break the chains of sin and death and offer us a new kind of
life, an “eternal” kind of life in Him.
“I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE The one who believes in me will
live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will
never die.” John 11:25,26
Or as Paul later describes it:
“For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that
one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision
of grace and of the gift of righteousness *REIGN in life* through the
one man, Jesus Christ!” Romans 6:21
Jesus offers life to all of us individually and to all of us together,
humanity as a whole. If we consider honestly the impact of Jesus life
and teachings, we will see that He has impacted issues of justice,
gender and racial and economic equality, marriage and family,
education and government, healthcare and science more than any other
individual who ever lived on earth. He has truly “rescued us from the
dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he
loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
Let us contemplate, celebrate and seek to enter into this New Life in
His Kingdom as we live each day.
For the sake of the world and glory of God.
Saturdays At Camp Hope Winter Shelter – 8:30am
We are moving to the Camp Hope Winter Shelter Conference Room to meet every Saturday, 1702 Englewood Avenue, 98902 from 8:30 – 10:00am.
Please call or text Dennis Crane, 509.910.7772, if you have any questions.
Please invite others to come that share their desire for Transformation in the Yakima Valley.