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Pondering From the Pastor

Dear Friends at Lake Eunice, praise the Lord, spring has sprung! I hear all the summer birds singing in the trees, and not a day goes by that I don’t hear swans and geese cackling as they fly over on their way to open water somewhere. And as I write this, I think we might be only a few days from the lakes opening up with the promise of 70 degree days ahead, Hooray! Coming up, and it will already probably be Easter Sunday when you read this, this is my favorite time of year, and the most important Christian event of the church year, Resurrection Sunday, it is even more important this year because we couldn’t have in-person services last year for Palm Sunday, Good Friday or Easter.

            As we think about Palm Sunday, when King Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey, fulfilling Zechariah 9:9 which says, “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you, He is just and endowed with salvation. Humble and mounted on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” I have heard commentators say that if a king came in to a city on a donkey, he came in peace, if he came on a white horse, he came to conquer. When Jesus comes again, He will come on a white horse, not as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, but as a conquering king to deal with evil.

            We look forward to our community Good Friday service pm April 2nd where we remember the tremendous sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross for each of us. It is extremely humbling to think that this isn’t something that just happened to Him, it was orchestrated and planned by God the father and the Son before the foundation of the world as mentioned in Rev. 13:8. A rescue plan was already in place even before the world was created. God sees history like an open book, He knows every event in human history from start to finish, nothing surprises Him. Jesus’ death wasn’t the result of a successful plot by the Jews to put Him to death because they didn’t like what He said about them, Jesus planned and orchestrated every event from who would be His betrayer, what time in history that he would come, what manner of death He would endure. Every major player in the crucifixion was planned by Him.

All of us would have been dragged to the cross kicking and screaming, Jesus willingly offered His life for each of us. He walked willingly to the cross to offer Himself as full payment for our sins. So then, what is your response to His offer of salvation which is freely given to you at a tremendous price to Him? Do you accept it and receive the forgiveness for your sins, or do you reject it and risk eternal judgment? He leaves the choice up to you, just know that nothing more can be or needs to be done for your salvation. It is paid in full!                     Pastor Dale