Come to Believe from Joseph Taber on Vimeo.
1We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life - 2this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us - 3we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
Thanks be to God
19When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has send me, so I send you.” 22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
Thanks be to God.
The day of Resurrection is a big deal in the life of the church. It's traditionally the highest attended worship service of the year. We have special music and decorate the sanctuary, sometimes the service may even run a little long...
The tomb was empty that first Easter morning, and 2000 years later the tomb is still empty. Therefore let us trust this good news, and live as people of the resurrection, not because we have seen everything, but because of the blessing of having not seen, and yet coming to believe. We have come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and on that sure foundation we, the people of God can stand and proclaim the true salvation, crying out in joy, “My Lord, and my God!”