April 21, 2019

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth,
and the life; no one comes to the Father
but through Me.” ~John 14:6~

Happy Easter and welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning.  God is worthy of all our praise and we are glad that you have come to worship Him with us.  He is risen!

We used to have a neighbor that really enjoyed landscaping his yard… a lot.  He’d spread fertilizer on his lawn over the snow (really!).  He’d be up early on Saturdays walking around his property, taking notes on the condition of his flower beds and shrubs, kind of like a pilot goes through a pre-flight checklist.  His lawn and landscaping were amazing.

The Bible uses the phrase “according to the Scriptures” over and over in the verses that Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection are described.  As He moved through that eventful final week, God’s plan of salvation was being worked out – detail by detail.  Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah were fulfilled with supernatural accuracy.  Jesus was completing His checklist, moving with purpose to His destiny.  He came to earth in order to die on the cross as the ransom payment for our lives.

But it is not just His death that we are focusing on today; He also rose again!  We celebrate because the good news of His victory over death is “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…” (Romans 1:16).  As we sing together and consider the meaning of Jesus’ death and resurrection, I pray that God impresses upon each of our hearts a new appreciation of His love for us.

Remember the Annie Armstrong Easter Missions Offering we are receiving this month.  Next Sunday we will be honoring our college graduates, and April 28th there will be a baptism celebration.  Don’t forget – no evening service tonight.  May God give you a blessed week.  Don’t hesitate to call on us this week – we are here for you.