This week I read about a man who tried to start his own religion but soon found that it didn’t go so well. He decided to approach the French statesman Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-érigord and ask him what he should do to gain converts. The statesman told him, “I recommend that you get yourself crucified, die, and then rise again on the third day.”
Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection on the third day is the cornerstone of our faith. It is what sets our faith as Christians apart from the faith of all others. While many view Christ’s crucifixion as a rude interruption of what was an otherwise successful ministry, the cross was at the forefront of the mind of Jesus Christ from the very beginning. This is where He knew He was headed, and He spoke of it often.
The Bible even tells us that before He even came to this earth, a decision was made that He would ultimately go to the cross. Scripture calls Him “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8 NLT).
It was at the cross that the righteous demands of God were satisfied. It was at the cross that God and humanity were reconciled once again. It was at the cross that a decisive blow was dealt against Satan and his minions. It was at the cross that our very salvation was purchased. Hallelujah!
We have amazing experiences designed to help us ponder and celebrate the cross and the ensuing empty tomb this coming weekend:
- Thursday & Friday: Our Holy Week Family Worship Experiences will guide families with younger children enter the story of the Last Supper and the Garden of Gethsemane in a way that’s designed especially for kids.
- Good Friday: We will have two Good Friday Gatherings to remember the sacrifice of our Savior, at 7pm and 9pm in our Worship Center. Also, Sacred Spaces is available from 10am-3pm for reflection and prayer through ten designated spiritual experiences on the PCC campus.
- Easter Sunday: We will make PCC history with the largest gathering in our 65 years! We’ll be up at Cañada College at the top of Farm Hill Blvd. at 10am to celebrate Easter. Won’t it be great to be gathered together as a church to celebrate with each other? Don’t come alone!
May God in His mercy grant us all grace to ponder the cross and empty tomb in these coming days!
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