We are now in the season of Eastertide, the 50 days spanning from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. This is a season of great joy as we continue to celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection and the life-transforming gift of our salvation accomplished through the events of Holy Week. Each week of Eastertide, we will continue our faith journey by focusing on one particular aspect of Jesus’ life, ministry and self-giving sacrifice on our behalf. May the following words of assurance fill your heart with joy.
Jesus Christ - Crucified Love
Rev. William Willimon: Christians believe that in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we have seen as much of God as we ever hope to see. Jesus Christ is the full, perfect, sufficient revelation of who God is and what God does. Everything we believe about God flows from what we’ve seen of God in Jesus Christ. We are able to love God boldly because, in Christ, God has first boldly loved us. We need not spend our lives in anxiety-ridden worry
about just where we stand with God. We know whose we are. We believe that God does not let go of those lives for which God, in Christ, has so dearly paid.
This We Believe: The Core of Wesleyan Faith and Practice
I am not skilled to understand
What God hath willed, what God hath planned;
I only know at his right hand
Stands One who is my Savior.
I take him at his word and deed:
“Christ died to save me,” this I read;
And in my heart I find a need
Of him to be my Savior.
That he should leave his place on high
And come for sinful man to die,
You count it strange? So once did I
Before I knew my Savior.
And O that he fulfilled may see
The workings of his soul in me,
And with his work contented be,
As I with my dear Savior!
Yes, living, dying, let me bring
My strength, my solace, from this Spring,
That he who lives to be my King
Once died to be my Savior!
Dora Greenwell (1821-1882)
“He who has seen me has seen the Father.”
By this the love of God was manifested to us,
that God has sent his only begotten Son
into the world so that we might live through him.
In this is love, not that we loved God,
but that he loved us and sent his Son
to be the complete payment
for our sins.
I John 4:9-10