Why Are We Having Easter on June 30?

This Sunday is a special day for Goss Memorial Church.  For almost two years, the focus of our Sunday morning worship has revolved around preaching through the Gospel of Mark.  Jesus truly is the King, worthy of worship and obedience.  He has gained authority by leading in a way that shows true focus on God in every situation.

This week will be the final chapter, Mark 16.  The resurrection of Jesus is a powerful doctrine!

I’m sure some people think I’m crazy (or stupid!) for thinking we should have Easter Sunday in the middle of summer. Here are a couple reasons I think our church will benefit from doing this.

1. Marking the end of a season.

No pun intended. “Mark-ing”, get it? Ha ha!  Okay, now that my Pastor Bud influenced humor (we love you Bud) is out of the way, a day like this helps us understand that a season of our church’s life has come to an end. When you have special times in your family, you celebrate.  I don’t think Sunday is much different.  It should be noted that we are at a special time in our church’s life, so let’s give glory to God.

2. The doctrine of the resurrection is powerful.

All of Jesus’ miracles, teachings, and claims are validated because he was dead, then living again. If Jesus never rose from the dead, he would be another dead nice guy who somehow did a lot of miracles. And the people who killed Jesus would have been very happy. Instead, the love of God (displayed by Jesus over and over throughout this Gospel story Mark has written) is validated because he truly overcame all of His enemies by conquering death.

3. Human unbelief is shattered because of this doctrine.

Without the resurrection, I would not be a Christian.  Some would, many would not.  What we have to get is that in the wake of this doctrine, any shred of human doubt the disciples had evaporated as they launched the message of Jesus Christ into the world. Unbelief is conquered because Jesus conquered death.

I hope you make plans to pray for and join our special day. Here’s the schedule:

7:30 Gospel of Mark reading in Sanctuary (you do NOT have to arrive right at 7:30 in order to participate).

9:15 Breakfast

10:00 Children’s Department open downstairs

10:30 Morning Worship


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