Pastor's Newsletter

April 2015

Sometimes I feel that our egalitarianism has decreased our understanding of a statement like  – “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today”.  What does it really mean to believe in the Lordship of Jesus Christ and how is His Lordship manifested in the resurrection? Moreover, how is His Lordship reflected in our lives?

During the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, the Lordship of Jesus Christ is accepted as people start to recognize who He is.  They start by questioning who this son of Mary and Joseph is, and they conclude with affirmative statements that He is Jesus, the Messiah.

In post resurrection encounters, we see that Mary Magdalene comes running to the disciples and tells them, “I have seen the Lord!” This is confirmed by disciples who tell the absent Thomas, “We have seen the Lord!” and by Thomas’ confirmation when he says upon seeing Jesus Christ, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:18, 25, 28)

In the Pentecost sermon the Apostle Peter says, “Therefore, let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus whom you have crucified both Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36).” Apostle Paul introduces this reality to the Romans with these words, “Regarding His Son, who as to human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power  to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead; Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 1:3-4).”

The Lordship of the Risen Christ transformed the small, apostolic community. The small band of Christ’s disciples, hidden in locked rooms, became the bold community of faith. Jesus Christ was declared Lord because in His being, He defeated all the strongholds that kept humanity captive – sin, death, and the Devil.

In a Board of Missions and Evangelism meeting, we asked the question, “What does it mean to be a witness for the Risen Lord Jesus Christ in 2015?” The one who sent the disciples with these words “All power (authority) in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go … (Mt. 28:18)” is giving us the same command. 

This year, for our Easter Celebration, we have sent 5,000 postcards to homes in Atlantic Highlands and Leonardo.  This is a commendable effort from our congregation.  We pray that God will richly bless this effort and many newcomers will come to our Worship Service on Easter Day.  I also pray that we will make the personal effort to invite people.  I pray that we will find the propitious

moments that we will overcome whatever restrictions or reservations we and others have placed on ourselves and we will declare that the Risen Lord is inviting them to come and worship Him.  He is the Lord, not only of the Church, but He is the Lord over the whole universe.

In Christ’s Love,

Pastor George