This Sunday, Easter Sunday, we will celebrate the glory of Easter morning livestreamed from our beautiful sanctuary at 11:00 am. We are keeping up some of our cherished Easter traditions, including live music from DFW Brass and our own organist Peggy Graff and stirring prerecorded music from past Easter services by our Choral Union, including Handel’s majestic Hallelujah Chorus.
Of course, you can also experience online worship in The Gathering at 9:30 am and the eleven:eleven service at 11:11 am, also on our livestream at fumcfw.org/live.
We conclude our I AM Lenten Worship series with “I am the Resurrection and the Life.” This is just one more example of John’s repeated use of the word “life.”
It is a poignant scene: Jesus has heard about the death of his friend, Lazarus, so he goes to visit Lazarus’ sisters, Mary and Martha. Jesus then said to Martha, “Your brother will rise again.”
Martha replied, “I know that he will rise in the resurrection on the last day.”
That is when Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live, even though they die. Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
Martha replied with words that were an affirmation of her faith, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, God’s Son, the one who is coming into the world.”
This week, Holy Week, we walk through and remember the significant moments of Jesus’ last week on earth. But this year is different. As we approach Good Friday, we can’t help but feel like we are living in a Good Friday world. I invite you to consider what it means when we as Christians call ourselves “resurrection people” and talk about living a “resurrection life.” It is Good Friday, but Sunday is coming.
What does it mean to live a “resurrection life?” What does that look like to you now as we are all living through a global pandemic? How is this feeling of resurrection reflected in your life and your faith journey?
I look forward to exploring these questions and more with you this Sunday in Sanctuary worship as we celebrate resurrection and new life.
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster
John 11:20-27 Common English Bible (CEB)
20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him, while Mary remained in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died. 22 Even now I know that whatever you ask God, God will give you.”
23 Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.”
24 Martha replied, “I know that he will rise in the resurrection on the last day.”
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live, even though they die. 26 Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
27 She replied, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, God’s Son, the one who is coming into the world.”