In this sermon, Pastor Neil talks about this particular Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020– An Easter Like No Other. Here are some excerpts:
In these unusual times, one constant remains. As the Bible tells us: “Death is the destiny of every person” (Ecclesiastes 7:2). Unless Jesus comes back first – “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20) – we will all have an appointment with death (Hebrews 9:27). The good news is that death – whether due to COVID-19, cancer, war, tragedy, or any other cause – is not the end of the story. Powerful as it is, death does not have the last word. Jesus does! It is His triumph over death and Satan and all the powers of evil that we celebrate today.
In some senses, this really is an Easter like no other. Ordinarily, our church would be bustling with activity, with the sounds of laughter and praise and joyful singing, not to mention conversations over coffee and Evan Duncan’s shortbread and other good stuff. The pews would be filled with members of our church family and guests who would join us. But our church building is strangely silent and empty today. Like the tomb on Easter morning, the church is empty today. Or almost empty…
I want you all to know that we miss you. I miss you! How I wish we could all be together in person, not just in spirit through the tools of modern technology.
Because of the way we are “meeting together” for worship, this is an Easter like no other. Because of our present circumstances, what is happening today across America is being called the largest digital event ever in the history of the Christian church. Did you know that? You are part of something today that is historic, something people may talk about for the rest of their lives.
…. But, listen: This can be an Easter like no other for you, especially if you’ve been on the fence about Jesus and the gospel message of His suffering, death, and resurrection from the dead.
This can be an Easter like no other for you if you will get off the fence, simply take a step of faith, and put your trust in Jesus to save you from your sins, and to give you the hope and promise and reality of eternal life.
If you have an intellectual belief in Jesus and the resurrection – you believe that Jesus was a real person who lived and died and rose again – but you have never stepped across the line in faith to trust Him with your life, this can be an Easter like no other for you. Believing something in your head is not the same as knowing Jesus as Your Savior and having a personal relationship with the risen and living Lord.
If you’re a skeptic, if you have trouble believing the message of Easter, this can be an Easter like no other for you if you will honestly look at the evidence for the resurrection and the reasons why we believe and proclaim joyfully that Jesus really is risen from the dead.
In all the best ways, I pray that this will be an Easter like no other for you. Come to Jesus with all your questions and doubts. He will not turn you away. Come to Him and discover, like the women at the tomb, like the disciples who were slow to get it, that Jesus is risen from the dead. And because He lives, we can face tomorrow. We can face all our fears, our troubles and hardships. We can face COVID-19 and the havoc – all the pain, suffering, grief, and loss it has brought.