Mar1ThuMarch 1, 2018
I am really looking forward to the next couple of months even though they will be very busy. In March I will be taking five 6th-8th grade students to the Christ In Youth Believe youth conference in Springfield, Illinois along with four other adults. The following weekend I will be taking eleven 4th-6th grade students to the Christ In Youth SuperStart youth conference in Bloomington, IL along with three other adults. Easter is coming early this year on Sunday, April 1. This year we plan on having the Easter egg hunt once again for toddlers through 6th grade students beginning at 9:15 AM. The young people in our church will also be putting on a special Easter musical on Easter Sunday, so make plans now to come and support them. The weekend after Easter I will be taking several high school students to Lincoln Christian University for The Vine youth conference along with some other adults. On April 15, the Christian magician that we had come last year to our church, Daniel Lusk, will be back again this year with some fresh magic tricks along with a ministry presentation. In between all of these things will be Daylight Savings Time beginning, March Madness college basketball tournament, Spring Break, and preparation for Summer Zone quickly approaching the third full week in July. Needless to say, we are staying very busy in the youth ministry department at Cornerstone Christian Church. I am really excited about seeing people come to know the Lord, and grow in the Lord in the next several months.
As the Easter season quickly approaches I am reminded that Easter is all about celebrating the life, death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Some things that stand out to me in the Biblical Easter story are darkness coming over the land from noon until 3:00 PM as Jesus hung on the cross on Good Friday, the curtain of the temple being torn in two at his death. This was a sign that we could have direct access to God through believing in Jesus Christ, instead of having a high priest offer up sin offerings on behalf of the people. This is why Jesus is called our Great High Priest (See Hebrews 4:14-5:10). The earthquake, the presence of the angels, and Jesus appearing to His followers after rising from the dead. One of the people He appeared to was doubting Thomas. Thomas didn’t believe that Jesus was the Son of God until He had physical evidence that He was the real deal. In John 20:24-31 it says, “Thomas (called Didymus), who was one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other followers kept telling Thomas, “We saw the Lord.” But Thomas said, “I will not believe it until I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were and put my hand into his side.” A week later the followers were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. The doors were locked, but Jesus came in and stood right in the middle of them. He said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand here in my side. Stop being an unbeliever and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you see me. Those who believe without seeing me will be truly blessed.” Jesus did many other miracles in the presence of his followers that are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Then, by believing, you may have life through his name.” Have faith my friends, Jesus is alive!
Celebrating Jesus at Easter and always,
Youth Man Matt