The Final Week: From Darkness to Light
You can watch Pastor Dan’s sermon right here.
We were so blessed this week to be able to celebrate baptisms together! I love getting to watch people step forward and publicly declare their faith in Jesus as their Saviour and Lord. What a great moment to rejoice with our brothers and sisters!
I appreciated Pastor Dan’s clear presentation of the gospel (good news) about Jesus! Those baptizees recognized that Jesus is the one who bore their sin when He died on the cross. Our sin separates us from God and leads us to hell. And there is nothing we can do to fix that sin problem on our own. But Jesus, who lived a life without sin, was able to die in our place. He sacrificed Himself so that we wouldn’t have to face the penalty of our sin, which is death.
During the season of Lent, I have been receiving a devotional in my email each day. Today’s stood out to me as I remembered baptisms and what Jesus did for us on the cross:
“Ye who think of sin but lightly, nor suppose the evil great;
Here may view its nature rightly, here its guilt may estimate.”
The literal and symbolic weight of sin that Jesus endured is a thing upon which I often avoid looking. On this day, in these hours, Jesus bore the weight of his own cross, the worldly shame of association with criminals, the indignation of the Jews at his claims to a kingdom, the theft of his garments, the mocking words of the seemingly powerful, and the denial of his power to save even himself. I don’t want to believe that my sin, and the sin of humanity, is why he endured this weight. Deep in our souls we turn away from facing the darkness within, the capacity we have for evil.
Am I willing, at the cross, to acknowledge the ways I deny Jesus as King and Savior?
“Father, forgive them,” Jesus said, “for they know not what they do.” What grace, that in the midst of this scene of human depravity and sin, Jesus forgives. He attends to the limitedness of humanity, even when he could have cried out for righteous justice. He pleads for our forgiveness with the Father, and he pays for our forgiveness with his death.
Jesus paid for our forgiveness with His death, and we are so grateful! As we enter into Easter week, take time to pray for those who were baptized. Ask God to give them strength and courage and encouragement this week.
And please join us on Good Friday at 9 or 11 as we remember the death of Jesus, and on Easter Sunday at 9, 11 or 6 as we celebrate His resurrection!