You know the first service the Church ever held was an Easter service? Well, not technically, I suppose. But basically, Peter and the rest of his crew held a big open air Easter service at Pentecost. Don’t believe me? Check it out here.
The Holy Spirit comes sweeping into the lives of Jesus’ followers, and they begin proclaiming the wonders of God in languages that everyone in the diverse crowd of onlookers can understand. Then Peter, the guy who could never get it right just a few pages earlier, stands up and preaches the sermon of his life and offers a wake up call to thousands of people who have been waiting for daybreak all their lives. He tells them about Jesus – that he went into the tomb, and though he might have seemed like an ordinary man for that moment, he came out of that tomb and showed everyone that He was Lord. It’s good news that Jesus is Lord, too.
Money could be your lord, but it’s a pretty cruel savior. Success or sex or friends or religion… same story. If we’re going to find release from submission to these vacuous gods, we need a better Lord. Jesus is the only King that actually deserves our lives.
So we stand on the history of God’s people this weekend as we summon all our best. We’re hoping to get people’s attention by making some noise (the marching band helps), by speaking clearly so the diverse crowd of onlookers that shows up at GCC can hear the message, by sounding the wake up call to thousands of people that matter to the King. I couldn’t be prouder of my team this weekend… this was a challenge to pull off, but it’s been amazing day! I don’t know what you’re doing this weekend, but I hope you experience the wake up call. Jesus is Lord! (and Happy Easter!)