Message From the Pastor

Month of April 2021

The Easter Story Continues

“Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus Himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing Him.” — Luke 24:13-16

I love the story of the two men on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24, as Jesus talks and walks beside them in the days after His resurrection. His presence was so real, but at first they did not know who He was. Jesus asks them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” (Luke 24:17) They answer with sadness, questioning how anyone could not know about the events in Jerusalem. They explain to the “unknown stranger” that they know of Jesus by His reputation: “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people.” (Luke 24:19b) They continue talking to their walking companion of their expectation of Jesus: “We had hoped that He was the one who was going to redeem Israel.” (Luke 24:21a) And finally they express their frustration over the news that His tomb was open but He was missing. Is this how we relate to Jesus? We know of His reputation, but He isn’t what we expected, and we become frustrated when He doesn’t “do” what we want.Jesus seeks the companionship of the two men on the road to Emmaus, just as He seeks ours. And what happens next? He challenges their scholarship, at the point of Scripture. “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself.” (Luke 24:27) They wanted a Messiah, and Jesus reaches into their knowledge and understanding of the Old Testament to prove He is the One. They hear from Christ Himself that He had to suffer and die before entering His glory—something they did not yet grasp. But the story doesn’t end there, because there is no understanding on their part of who Jesus really is—no relationship. They invite Him to sit down and dine with them. Jesus takes the bread, gives thanks, and then breaks it before He gives it to them with His nail-scarred hands. “Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him, and He disappeared from their sight.” (Luke 24:30) In spending time with Him, hearing truth from Him as He taught from Scripture, and being given the broken bread—they recognize Him. They admit to having their hearts burn within them during this experience on the road—and they return to Jerusalem proclaiming “It is true! The Lord has risen.”(Luke 24:34) Jesus wants to make Himself known—just as He did with these two men in the gospel of Luke. And we can come to know Him by spending time with Him, by studying truth in Scripture, and by knowing it is the Holy Spirit who will open our eyes to the brokenness of His body on the cross, so that, we can have fullness of life.Is your heart downcast? Do you not sense the presence of Christ where you are right now? Spending time in Scriptures, spending time in worship and prayer—that’s how you get to know the Lord. Go ahead—begin the journey on the road. . . . . .with Jesus beside you. You will never be the same. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”— 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

Come Back to Church

Last year due to COVID our Easter worship service was online. This year our doors are open and I am inviting you back to church. I have read about these five good reasons why you should come to church and I want to share them with you.

  1. I invite you back to church because … You were created to worship God corporately and publicly. There is something that God puts deep within our hearts and souls that needs to be around other believers. God inhabits the praises of God’s people. David Mathis said, “Corporate worship brings together God’s word, prayer, praises, and fellowship, and so makes for the greatest means of God’s ongoing grace in the Christian life.”

 

  1. I invite you to church because… you need support and accountability. I remember an example of comparing a football team huddling and getting prepared before a game. When you and I skip church, we miss the huddle. We go out into the “game” of life unprepared and alone. God created us to be surrounded by and supported by our teammates. We are not made to walk through this Christian life all by ourselves. We are part of an incredible team. John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, said, “There is no such thing as solitary religion.”

 

  1. I invite you to church because…we need you and your gifts. You need the church and the church needs you. When you met Jesus as Savior, He specifically gifted You with a spiritual gift. One of the best places to use this gift is within and in association with a local body of believers. When you are away, there are gaping holes. No one else can fill that role that was specially designed by God for you! You are the only one who can meet that particular need and serve in that particular way.

 

  1. I invite you to church because…your family and friends need your testimony. You are a pivotal piece in someone else’s spiritual journey. Your children, grandchildren, spouse, extended family, friends, neighbors and co-workers are watching your life. In essence…Get up and come to church because you want to be the “light” to those around you.

 

  1. I invite you to church because…The Bible instructs us to gather together in groups to worship. The writer of Hebrews put it this way, Hebrews 10:25-26, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Through the power of the resurrection, Jesus restores us to wholeness. And the Holy Spirit empowers us and sends us out to be the body of Christ, the church that Christ has created us to be. We need to be together as one body, empowered through worship, praise, the Word and fellowship to face all the circumstances that life brings to us. For our Lord empowered us to triumph over every foe. Every day to us is Easter! So, how we will live as Easter people? Lakeview UMC, as the church body of Jesus Christ, how will we live as Easter people? Come back to church!

 

When I Say, “I Am A Christian”

By Carol Wimmer

 

When I say, “I am a Christian,”

I’m not shouting “I am saved.”

I’m whispering “I was lost”;

That is why I chose this way.

 

When I say, “I am a Christian,”

I don’t speak of this with pride.

I’m confessing that I stumble,

And need Christ to be my guide.

 

When I say, “I am a Christian,”

I’m not trying to be strong.

I’m professing that I’m weak,

And pray for strength to carry on.

 

When I say, “I am a Christian,”

I’m not bragging of success.

I’m admitting I have failed,

And cannot even pay the debt.

 

When I say, “I am a Christian,”

I’m not claiming to be perfect.

My flaws are too visible,

But God believes I’m worth it.

 

When I say, “I am a Christian,”

I still feel the sting of pain.

I have my share of heartaches,

Which is why I pray in Christ’s name.

 

When I say, “I am a Christian, “

I do not wish to judge.

I do not have that authority;

I only know I’m loved.

 
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