Welcome, friends, to Temple Baptist Church!
Pastor Bud Owen
“And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; behold the place where they laid him,” (Mark 16:5&6).
It was the dawn that changed everything. Although that Sunday morning the sun rose over the northeastern edge of Jerusalem just like every other morning before or since, that dawn marked a new day in history. And while that cemetery may have looked like any other Jewish cemetery of its day, it was amazing, holy resurrection ground.
The plan that God the Father had set in place before the foundation of the world — the plan to rescue humanity from its downward spiral — was fully engaged. In a free fall since that day in the garden when Adam and Eve chose to sin rather than to live with God, we have fumbled in the darkness, at a distance from God. But God's plan was to get us back. And Easter Sunday marks the event that made it all possible.
The sign that everything had changed was when Jesus Christ, Messiah, breathed earth's air again. The promised Savior of the world stood on the other side of the grave. His suffering and death on the cross absorbed God's holy wrath which had been poured out in full on Jesus, and the righteous debt that sin had created was satisfied. Jesus was the only one who could have paid it, and on that Sunday morning His victory over death proved that His sacrifice had been accepted. Sin no longer held humanity hostage. Death no longer had the last word. Jesus was alive.
No doubt on that morning the celebration of all time broke out in heaven as the angels let loose with awestruck hallelujahs. Hell gasped in horror. Ironically, the ones slowest to understand what had happened were the primary recipients of this gift, the greatest act of love the world has ever known.
We're still catching our breath.
(The preceding article was written by Chuck Swindoll and published in his book, “SUNDAY TO SUNDAY”)
May God bless! Have a great day! And do plan to visit us soon!
Pastor Bud Owen
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- To Exalt the Savior!
- To Evanglize the Sinner!
- To Edify and Educate the Saint!
This is done through...
- Biblical Preaching and Teaching
- Christ-Centered and Christ-Honoring Music
- Love For and Fellowship with One Another
- Faithful Support of Missions
- Biblical Counseling
How do I become a Christian?
- Realize that you are lost and need a Savior and Jesus Christ is the Savior. (Romans 3:23 and 6:23)
- Recognize what God had done to remedy you lost condition. (Romans 5:8 and John 3:16)
- Repent; a willingness to turn from sin to the Savior. (Luke 13:3 and Acts 20:21)
- Receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your own Personal Savior. (John 1:12)
God has provided in Christ Jesus the ONLY way of salvation...you must make the choice to receive God's salvation. Will you, right now, invite Jesus Christ to be your Savior?