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Series: Luis Palau | Easter

We have a special week of messages on “Reaching your World” as we anticipate the wonderful celebration of Easter.  Luis Palau’s son and daughter-in-law, Andrew and Wendy, will be sharing some very personal reflections with us.  

The Promise of Easter Friday, April 2, 2021

The story of Easter is all about a family relationship. You may feel abandoned and lost today, and you do not want to remain stuck there any longer – enslaved to that situation you’re in. For that very reason Jesus died on the cross, to remove all that has separated you from Him. The Bible calls it sin; it’s the sin in your life. Jesus took all the punishment for your sin on Himself when He died on the cross. He came to draw you to Himself, that you would never be alone again. You were created by God for a relationship with Him, but perhaps you don’t have that relationship yet. Look up John 8:36 in the Bible. It says, “If the Son – that’s Jesus – sets you free, you will be free indeed.” Not just free to run off on your own again and try to make your way in the world solo. You will be freed from the bondage of sin and welcomed into God’s family. To those who believe in Him and receive Him Jesus says, “I give them the right to become children of God.”

The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is all about making things right as they ought to be. He is working that plan out now, and He wants to work it out in your life. So turn to Jesus this Easter and say yes to Him. Enter into the relationship you were created for and do it today.

This is Andrew Palau.

From Trouble to Peace Thursday, April 1, 2021

We can all agree that there is a lot of trouble in the world right now, which creates a lack of peace. Jesus, when He was talking to His best friends right before He went to the cross said, “I have told you these things so that in me, you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

You know, when you think of what trouble is, that word almost feels too tame. To me trouble is sickness and grief, sadness, abuse, rejection, devastating losses. Oh, there’s so much trouble in the world. And the trouble in the world results in a lack of peace. But Jesus said, “I have come to give you peace.” You see, on the cross He took our trouble. He took our pain, our grief, He took all the sin of the world. You can have peace because trouble will not overcome you. Jesus has overcome trouble.

All He asks is that you believe that He loves you and cares for you, and that you accept the sacrifice He made for you. This Easter, open your heart and life to Him. It doesn’t mean all your troubles will go away, but you will not be destroyed by a lack of peace. Will you receive Him today?

This is Wendy Palau.

From Death to Life Wednesday, March 31, 2021

So I was digging through a pile of things my wife was throwing away and I found a bulb. It had been given to me and I had forgotten to plant it. It was brown and looking lifeless so my wife threw it out. I knew if I just treated it as it deserved, it would reveal its promise of beauty. It would come to life.

Bulbs like this have long been used as a picture of the work of Jesus Christ at our Easter celebrations. And it’s really obvious why. When Jesus came, most people saw Him as just another man. He was not honored, in fact He was killed. The Bible describes Him in Isaiah 53 as being despised and rejected, a man of suffering and familiar with pain. But with eyes of faith, we can see who He really is. Yes, He died on the cross, but He rose again from the dead to bring us life. For all who receive Him, the Bible says He gives them the right to become children of God. (John 1:12) If you turn from your own ways to His way, repent, and receive His forgiveness, you can experience the same transformation that the bulb illustrates.

You know, I did take that bulb out of the garbage and I planted it. Just in time for Easter, it has bloomed. It’s beautiful! Easter celebrates that though Jesus Christ suffered and died on the cross, He did it for the most beautiful reason - to bring life to all who would believe and receive Him. It’s his offer for you today.

This is Andrew Palau.

Never Forsaken Tuesday, March 30, 2021

“Why have you forsaken me?” These were Jesus’s words on the cross. It feels to me like the most tragic words in all of the Bible. Jesus is the Son of God, and He constantly throughout His life explains the beauty and intimacy of the relationship that He has with His Father. But yet, in that desperate moment on the cross He cries out, “My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46) I do not pretend to understand what happened in that transaction between the Father and the Son. But we do know that the sin of the world was put on Jesus. And in that moment He felt forsaken by His father.

Have you ever felt forsaken by God? The Bible says over and over again that God will never forsake us. He says that with so much authority, and so much power and love and compassion, because of what Jesus did on the cross. When the Father forsook the Son in that moment, He created a way so that you and I will never be forsaken by Him. Never. All of that was taken on the Son. He became sin for us, so that we would never be forsaken by God. What a gift! What a sacrifice! I pray that this Easter, you will embrace Jesus’s sacrifice and gift for yourself. Then you can celebrate joyfully, knowing that God has never forsaken you, and He never will.

This is Wendy Palau.

Easter Celebration Monday, March 29, 2021

I acknowledge that these days I’ve been feeling somewhat isolated. Even so, let’s you and I join together to celebrate Easter. We commemorate Jesus. If you choose to say yes to that invitation, you will be greatly encouraged. Maybe the things you’ve always relied on are just giving out and they’re not delivering what you expected. Well, there is more to life than this, and nothing can encourage you more than what happened on that great day we celebrate called Easter. It’s the story of Jesus and what He did on the cross. It’s pertinent to you today. It’s made all the difference in the world for me personally.

So consider what Christ did for you. He was crucified. It wasn’t a mistake. He went willingly. Jesus said, in John 10:18, “No one takes {my life} from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.” He gave His life for you. It was the greatest act of love and power wrapped up in this work of Easter. Romans 5:8 says, “God demonstrated his love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” His resurrection from the dead was proof of His power. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25) Do you believe this? He doesn’t want you guessing. Come to Him today and make sure.

This is Andrew Palau.

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