Pastor's Perspective


According to a March, 2005 news report, a man in Holland was found using the cemetery as his sleeping quarters. The man was charged by police after they caught him a second time sleeping in the graveyard. The 43-year old had dug out the earth from under a gravestone, and was sleeping inside the hole. He had also gathered other gravestones to make his resting place more sheltered.
He was charged by police with “violating tombs.” This month, we are here to celebrate Jesus, another man who violated tombs. If you want to shut down Christianity, all you need to do is find Jesus in the tomb where His body once laid. And if you were to look for Buddha, Mohammed, or Confucius, you’d still find them there, but if showed up to the tomb in Jerusalem, you wouldn’t find Jesus sleeping or shoring up his resting place with more headstones. If you came to the tomb today, you wouldn’t find Him because He got up just like He said.
Once the women received confirmation of the resurrection, the angel commissioned them with their responsibility as witnesses to the resurrection; they were to quickly go tell the disciples that Jesus had risen as He said, but not only that, they would see Him for themselves in Galilee.  And they went in fear and great joy (fear because they were still perplexed by what they had seen and joy because they had good news to report).  And that ought to be our testimony as it relates to the resurrection; it’s a mind-blowing occurrence, but it’s something that we ought to have joy in sharing.  The resurrection should never be a boring story; every time we tell it, we ought to have great joy because it’s the very reason that we can walk in victory. 
And so is it true of the resurrection; even though it’s an old story, it’s still too good to keep to ourselves.  And our testimony ought to be, “I thank the Lord for His life and I thank the Lord for His death, but I thank Him for the resurrection because the resurrection has literally given me life in the face of sin’s deathly grip.”
I serve a risen Savior
He’s in the world today.
I know that He is living,
Whatever men may say.
He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.
I look forward to you sharing with us this month at NMCBC, where we are, “Building Relationships One Day At A Time.” Grace and peace be unto you until we meet again.
Your Pastor,
Rev. Christopher C. Moore