Message for April 1, 2018 from Pastor Jerry

What are you celebrating?

“So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon, or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.” Colossians 2:16-17

“One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike.  Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who “does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it.” Romans 14:5-6  Who are you to judge another’s servant?

            Don’t misunderstand what I am about to say in the following paragraphs.  This is not a defense of any practice of the Church but a simple explanation of how things are perceived by different people.  It is interesting that many people seem to get more religious two times a year than during the rest of the year. Easter and Christmas are times when many people, including many Christians, go all out to emphasize their reverence with a display of spiritual ideas.  I like to celebrate holidays as much as the next person. Church tradition is entirely responsible for observance of Church Holy Days and seasons. By this I mean there is not Biblical instruction to observe either Christmas or Easter. The only thing Scripture admonishes us to remember and celebrate is Communion.

            At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus.  At Easter we celebrate His death and resurrection.  What do we celebrate the rest of the year? Or, do we celebrate anything?  I believe it is appropriate to celebrate the Life of Jesus Christ the year round.  I am talking about the Life He lives since His resurrection. That is the life we should be living every day of the year.  Spend the years celebrating what He gave you! Paul puts it this way, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son Of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.  I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”( Gal. 2:20-21) “…which is Christ in you, the hope of Glory.” Col. 1:27 AMEN!!!

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