Pastor Barry Robinson

Letters to the Camberwell Congregation from Pastor Barry Robinson

Easter 2011

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April 2011

Dear Church Family,

On the morning of Jesus' Resurrection, the Angel of the Lord appeared to the women who came to the tomb and gave them a message. The message is 2,000 years old, and yet is still relevant to us today.

Here it is:

1. Fear is neutralised

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said… (Matthew 28:5–6)

One of the great fears the resurrection removes is the fear of death.

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. (Hebrews 2:14–15)

A little girl who had to walk through a cemetery on her way home from school was asked if she was afraid. "No" she replied. "I simply cross it to get home." That is what the resurrection has done with death. It has turned it into a harmless pathway on our journey home.

2. Faith is personalised

The angel said to the women…Come and see the place where he lay. (Matthew 28:5–6)

The Resurrection of Jesus must be personally experienced. The Angel invited these women to see for themselves that Jesus was alive. And you must experience the Resurrection for yourself. It cannot be experienced for you.

The faith of the women in the resurrection was not enough for the disciples; the disciples had to see for themselves that Jesus was alive.

The invitation the angel gave to these women to ‘come and see’ is still open to each one of us.

Come, all you who are thirsty…Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. (Isaiah 55:1, 6)

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

3. Followers are mobilised

The angel said to the women…go quickly and tell his disciples: He has risen from the dead… (Matthew 28:5, 7)

“Go quickly, and tell." This is the responsibility of every person who has met the resurrected Christ.

We ought to be excited, just as these women were, about telling what we know! – Jesus is alive!

The resurrection of Jesus changed the lives of those early followers of Jesus. It gave them boldness; it removed their fear. They were not afraid or ashamed to tell others that "He's alive"!

Are we doing the same?

This Easter our fears can be neutralised as our faith in the risen Jesus is personalised. Then we will see a transformation as we are mobilised to tell others about Him.

May our response to what Christ has done for us be the same as what we read in 2 Corinthians 5:14–15, 19–20

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again…he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

Have a spiritually strengthening and equipping Easter.

With love in Jesus’ name,

Barry Robinson
Pastor

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PS

Below is the schedule of services for the Easter period. Please note that these services will all be held at the usual venue.

Sermon Schedule for Easter 2011

Christ centred, Bible based, Holy Spirit enabled teaching, to the glory of God the Father.

When the sermon is online the title will become a link to the audio.

  1. Palm Sunday (Luke 19:28–44)
    Saturday 16th April 2010
  2. Maundy Thursday 21st April – 7.30pm
    • Two Basins (John 13)
      Followed by the foot washing
    • Reclining with Jesus (Matthew 26:20–29)
      Followed by the annual celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
  3. Good Friday 22nd April – 2.00pm
    ‘Cross Words’ (Luke 23:39–43)
    including an offering for WCG UK
  4. Saturday 23rd April 2010
    No Service in Camberwell
  5. Easter Sunday 24th April - 3.00pm
    Combined Easter Sunday service with the Salvation Army
    Followed by a fellowship meal

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