In the weeks leading up to Easter, we are looking at the events surrounding Jesus’ death and resurrection. These texts are some of the most formative and foundational to our faith in Christ as any you’ll find in Scripture. I’m grateful that you’re walking with us through this Easter season and want to encourage you to prayerfully consider whom you can invite to experience Easter with you.
Never Underestimate the Power of an Invitation!
This coming week, we’ll be looking at the scenes surrounding the cross.
All too often, we believe that we’re beneath the reach of the cross or beyond our need for the cross. And yet, when we look broadly at the people who surrounded Jesus in his final moments – Peter denied him, one thief slandered while another embraced him, and a Roman soldier who crucified Jesus before proclaiming Him the Son of God – you will come to see that Jesus’ mercy is wider than our wandering, deeper than the darkness in our hearts, and higher than the doubt and skepticism which fills our minds. He was patient with a bad friend, compassionate toward a convicted thief, and kind enough to welcome the worship of his own killer.
His mercy is unlike anything you will ever experience, and our prayer is that together we will encounter the wonder of the cross in new or renewed way.
As you prepare to attend a worship gathering this weekend, read Luke 23:26-49 and ask Jesus to open your heart wider and wider to the beauty of the gospel – his death for your life.
We look forward to seeing you! If Harbor is your home church, we’ll keep asking all of you (who are able) to park in the back and sit toward the front, all simple ways to love the guests who will walk through our doors for the first time. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to “Helping People Find Their Way Back to God!”
We love you and look forward to seeing you this weekend.