Pastor’s Letter — April, 2019

The April Jesus

While moderating the Taiwan Presbyterian Church session a question came up, “What would happen if Easter fell on April 1st? What would we do if when we said “Christ has Risen” someone responded, “April Fools!”? My reply was that the world has been saying that about Jesus’ resurrection since it took place. When it happened, many people found it hard to believe that Jesus had risen. And today there are still many who simply don’t believe. It is physically impossible so practically speaking those who don’t believe have a stronger argument than those who do. However, it is important to remember that nothing is impossible for God. After all we are surrounded by a world and universe that came from somewhere. I believe that somewhere is God.

It is sad that we live in a world where people would rather believe that Jesus was not resurrected instead of believing the Good News that he rose from the grave declaring that not even death can overcome God’s love for us and opening the door to everlasting life. Easter Sunday is an impossible day if we judge it by the world’s standards. But honestly what would you rather hold as your belief that there is nothing beyond this world and this life or that there is a whole universe of love opened up before us by the one who laid his life down for us?

For me the April fools are the ones who say there is no resurrection, there is no God. Our belief in a Risen Savior will be questioned time and again by the world that is around us. We will also find it hard to hang on to at times ourselves. But when those time come, turn to the one who was raised from the grave and you will find a companion who will walk with you and support you through all that life brings with it.

Join us for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter as we walk with Jesus through his most difficult times. Often, like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, it is hard for us to see the Risen Christ. And as we strengthen our bond with him, we will more easily see and feel his presence even in our most difficult times. Holy Week is the strengthening of our bond with Jesus. Christ is always with us in our journey, however sometimes it is hard for us see that Jesus who is walking right next to us.

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Eric