Just the mention of Christmas stirs emotions within us. Images of a babe in a manger, gifts beneath the tree, Christmas carolers quickly come to mind. Each summons a sense of warmth and wonder. Easter’s images are more difficult; a rugged cross on a barren hillside, the darkened sky and quivering earth, an empty tomb. But, without the pain of cross and the miracle of the resurrection then Christmas looses its meaning. We will share two worship experiences on Easter at First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City. At 7:30 am we gather for a sunrise service that breaks the quiet of the early morning with the wonderful pronouncement that “He is Risen!” Our 10:30 am service is our larger, more exuberant service. We’ll look at John’s resurrection account found in John 20:1-18. It asks the question, “Who are you looking for?” It is no secret that many choose to go to church on Easter that rarely otherwise wander into its hallways. I think that they know that there is something of value in the Easter message, but they have not found the kind of relationship with God that impacts their everyday lives. The John resurrection story portrays what happens when one who was earnestly looking for Jesus finds him. Jesus’ voice strikes a cord deep within her heart. My hope is that in tomorrow’s worship service we can help folks hear that voice for themselves. My hope that you will look for the kind of relationship with God that can give you the sense of hope and peace you long for. If you go looking for Jesus and listen for his voice, then you will find him.
Because He Lives! Tom