Tonight we will meet for our Good Friday service to remember what Jesus did for us over 2000 years ago. You might be asking yourself, if Jesus suffered so much, how can we imagine a day marked by sadness and call it “Good”? However, Good Friday is actually good. This sorrow is godly sorrow. The Apostle Paul in writing to the Corinthians after hearing of their brokenness said, “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” (2 Cor. 7:10) Our Good Friday celebration reminds us of the human sin that caused His death. We see again that salvation comes only through godly sorrow – both the Lord’s and after repentance, ours.
When we would enter a new community on the mission field, we often began by showing the Jesus movie in the local language. Although the movie contained a gospel presentation at the end, we would stop the film in the middle and share what Jesus did for us by dying on the cross. We’d stop just as the soldiers were nailing Jesus to the cross. (https://youtu.be/wp2p9sIOyVM). Obviously, it was the Romans who carried out the act of the crucifixion. But it begs the question, “Who was responsible for crucifying Jesus?”
The answer to this question is many faceted. It was the religious leaders of Israel who pushed the issue in wanting to kill Jesus. They couldn’t continue to allow Him to do signs and wonders because it threatened their position in the religious society that they controlled. And what about the crowd that egged on the leaders by their cries of “Crucify Him?” But ultimately, it was God Himself who put Jesus to death. “This was the greatest act of divine justice ever carried out, done in ‘the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God’ (Acts 2:23) and for the highest purpose. Jesus’ death on the cross secured the salvation of countless millions and provided the only way God could forgive sin without compromising His holiness and perfect righteousness.” (Got Questions)
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”(2 Corinthians 5:21) Each of us who name the name of Jesus are guilty of putting Jesus to death. Interestingly, in the movie “The Passion of the Christ,” the director, Mel Gibson, photographed his own hands driving the nails into Christ’s hands. He did this so that he would always be reminded that his sins along with those of everyone else, drove the nails into Jesus hands.
Preparing for Sunday
Scripture Reading: John 20:1-9
20 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3 So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. 4 Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, 7 and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus'[a] head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.
No Sunday Evening Service
Easter Deluxe Continental Breakfast
Join us this Sunday, April 16th!
9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall
No children’s or adult Sunday School this Sunday
No Children’s Church this Sunday
The Friends of Israel
2017 Prophecy Up Close Conference
Saturday, April 22
Immanuel Baptist Church
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Lunch included)
Cost is $10
If you have been worshipping with us, and you would like to learn more about our church, or if you think you might be interested in becoming a member, we invite you to attend our upcoming new member class, Sunday, April 30th after the morning worship service. Lunch is provided so please reserve a spot by registering here.
Participation in the class does not commit you to church membership, but it is an opportunity for you to find out more about the life and ministry of our church and to give prayerful consideration to whether you want to enter into membership. Childcare can be provided if that would make it possible for you to attend.
Sunday, May 14 is Baby Dedication Sunday
If you would like to have your infant/child dedicated on Mother’s Day, please sign up below.
Walk for Life
Saturday, April 29
Registration 9:00 a.m.
Walk Begins 10:00 a.m.
Only a 2 mile walk so bring the whole family! The walk starts at our church and will be held rain or shine. If interested in being part of an IBC team, contact Renita Like: firstname.lastname@example.org
April 14 – Good Friday Service/Communion
April 16 – Easter Sunday
April 22 – Friends of Israel Prophecy Conference
April 29 – Pregnancy Resource Center Walk for Life
– Youth Senior Honors Banquet
April 30 – Matt & Stephanie Van Gorden Report, Reception & Offering
May 14 – Mother’s Day/Baby Dedication
May 27 – Youth Hiking
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