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  1. 1. 0………. 4 --article continued from page 1— Are we confident that our light is bright Vol. 47 April 12, 2022 Number 15 THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CHRIST’S RESURRECTION Wayne Jackson Each spring, millions of people around the world acknowledge, in some fashion or another, that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead some twenty centuries ago. Modern society calls it “Easter.” The origin of this term is uncertain, though it is commonly thought to derive from Eastre, the name of a Teutonic spring goddess. The term “Easter,” in the King James Version of the Bible (Acts 12:4), is a mistranslation. The Greek word is pascha, correctly rendered “Passover” in later translations. In fact, though pascha is found twenty-nine times in the Greek New Testament, it is only rendered “Easter” once, even in the KJV. Christians are not authorized to celebrate Easter as a special annual event acknowledging the resurrection of Christ. Faithful children of God reflect upon the Savior’s resurrection every Sunday (the resurrection day–cf. John 20:1ff) as they gather to worship God in the regular assembly of the church (cf. Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:2). We ought to be glad, however, that multitudes—usually caught up in pursuits wholly materialistic—will take at least some time for reflection upon the event of the Savior’s resurrection. It is entirely appropriate that Christians take advantage of this circumstance; we should be both willing and able to explain to our friends—at least those who have some reverence for Christianity—the significance of the Lord’s resurrection. The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the foundation of the Christian system (cf. 1 Cor. 15:14ff). If there was no resurrection, Christianity is a hoax, and we are wasting our time. But the truth is, the event of Jesus’ resurrection is incontrovertible. Professor Thomas Arnold of Rugby, a world-renowned historian, once said that Christ’s resurrection from the dead is the “best-attested fact in human history” (1939, 2569). This being the case, just what is the significance of Jesus’ resurrection? Think about these matters. First, the resurrection is one of the major evidences that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Paul affirmed that Christ is “declared to be the Son of God with power . . . by the resurrection from the dead” (Rom. 1:4). Second, Jesus’ resurrection represents an assurance that we can have forgiveness from our sins. Paul contended: “[I]f Christ hath not been raised, our faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins” (1 Cor. 15:17). The reverse of the apostle’s affirmation would be this: if Jesus was raised, sins will be forgiven when we obey the gospel (Acts 2:38; 22:16). --article continued page 2-- ELDERS Mike Childers ............. 397-6453 Dennis Hallmark......... 255-5557 Mark Hitt .................... 322-0917 Bobby Lindley ............ 260-9193 DEACONS Wade Bryan ................ 419-5552 William Harris ............ 416-8149 Ricky Lindsey............. 255-8136 Jeff Mansel.................. 871-0357 Jimmy Spearman ........ 840-8957 Michael Wilson........... 891-0891 MINISTERS Barry Kennedy....(931)787-7108 Alex Blackwelder (731)879-9196 SECRETARY Renee Childers Office.......................... 842-6116 Fax .............................. 842-7091 E-MAIL eastmaincoc38804@gmail.com WEB PAGE eastmaincoc.com SUNDAY SERVICES Worship........................9:00 a.m. Bible class..................10:15 a.m. Worship......................11:15 a.m. Singing or Devotional Last Sunday of the Month MID-WEEK SERVICES Wednesday Classes......7:00 p.m. 1606 East Main Street P. O. Box 1761 Tupelo, Mississippi 38802 “Thou shalt observe to do all that they inform thee” (Deut. 17:10)
  2. 2. --article continued from page 1-- Third, the resurrection tells the world that the kingdom of God is ruled by a living sovereign. The founder of Islam is dead, and his bones lie dormant in the earth. But the founder of Christianity—sixty years after his death—appeared to John on the island of Patmos and said: “I am the first and the last, and the Living one; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive for evermore” (Rev. 1:17-18). Fourth, Jesus’ resurrection proves that physical death is not the termination of human existence. God, who is the giver of life (1 Tim. 6:13), has the power to reanimate the human body. Christ’s triumph over the grave is Heaven’s pledge to us that we too shall be raised. This is why Jesus is referred to as the “firstfruits of them that are asleep” (1 Cor. 15:20,23). Fifth, the Lord’s resurrection previewed the ultimate victory of Christianity over all its enemies. In the book of Revelation, Jesus is depicted as a lamb that had been slain but was standing again (5:6). This same Lord was “the lion of the tribe of Judah” that had overcome his foes (5:5). Christians too will overcome as a result of the Lamb’s sacrifice and victory over death The resurrection of the Son of God should be a constant reminder to us of these wonderful biblical truths. We honor our Master’s victory over death—not once a year, but every week! REFERENCES Arnold, Thomas. 1939. The International Standard Encyclopedia. Vol. 4. James Orr, ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. SCRIPTURE REFERENCES Acts 12:4; John 20:1; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 1 Corinthians 15:14; Romans 1:4; 1 Corinthians 15:17; Acts 2:38, 22:16; Revelation 1:17-18; 1 Timothy 6:13; 1 Corinthians 15:20, 23; Revelation 12:11 (cf. Revelation 12:11). ~~~~~~~~~~~ Wedding Gift Table A table has been set up in the foyer for Chet Wilson & Mallory Hardy until this Sunday, April 17 if you would like to leave them a wedding gift. They will be married in TN in May. They are registered at Amazon, Target, and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Also, Home Depot gift cards are welcomed. Chet is the son of Michael & Christine Wilson. Youth Egg Hunt The youth are invited to the multipurpose room this Saturday, Apr. 16 from 9:00-11:00 am for an egg hunt and other activities. Please sign the food list posted in the foyer under the TV monitor and bring a dozen plastic eggs filled with candy and a basket to hunt with. Ladies’ Monthly Fellowship The ladies’ monthly fellowship will be held this Thursday, Apr. 14 from 6:00-7:00 pm in the multipurpose room. All the ladies are invited. Tuesday Mornings with the Master Don’t forget Tuesday Mornings with the Master every Tuesday in the multipurpose room from 10- 11 am. Anyone who can come & sign cards is welcomed. Bridal Shower A bridal shower will be held in honor of Hallie Donald, bride- elect of Logan Brown, on Sunday, May 1 from 2:00-3:30 pm in the multipurpose room. Hallie & Logan are registered at Amazon, Belk and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Home Goods gift cards are also welcomed and their wedding registry at www.theknot.com also has more suggestions. Alex will be ordering some t-shirts he has designed with the summer 2022 youth group logo on it. If you would like to order one, please sign the list posted on the youth bulletin board across from the ladies’ bathroom.
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading April 13...............................................2 Kings 18-21 April 14...............................................2 Kings 22-25 April 15...........................................1 Chronicles 1-4 April 16...........................................1 Chronicles 5-9 April 17.......................................1 Chronicles 10-13 April 18.......................................1 Chronicles 14-16 April 19.......................................1 Chronicles 17-21 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Heath Lindley (Apr. 15), Dennis Hallmark (Apr. 16), Hannon Ray (Apr. 16), Janna Gholston (Apr. 17), Brenda Lindley (Apr. 18), Kevin Pannell (Apr. 19). Anniversaries: Sky & Jennifer Ray (Apr. 14). Our Sick Ken Pearson is home recuperating from heart valve replacement surgery. Stella Pittman, Star Ray’s mom & Barbara Wright’s sister, continues at The Meadows in Fulton for therapy. Eric Baker, a friend of Andy Baldwyn, was to undergo surgery Monday to remove a brain tumor. Prayers have been requested on his behalf. Alex Blackwelder will have his wisdom teeth removed Wednesday. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Evelyn Thompson, Annie Martin, Bettye Davis, Steve Kelly, Barbara Bishop, Bob Smith, Doug Wallace, Frankie Estes, Shirley Lyons, Caroline Willis, Carol Hood, Bill Goff, Adam McCurley, Sheba Tuggers, Brian Carver, Lacy Plaxico, Roy & Daisy King, Michelle Maclean, Freida Gardner, Linda Butler, Pam Gassaway, Donny Dulaney Nursing Homes Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Bob McClure EMYG News Hello! On behalf of the EMYG, we want to wish you a happy Easter. Easter is a holiday that should be celebrated with friends and family. Don’t forget that this coming Saturday, we will be hosting an Egg Hunt for any kids who want to come out! We love our kids very much and always look forward to having some fun with them. This time of year, many are focused on the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord. Why is His death so important to us today? It’s important because that means we don’t have to die to in our sins… IF we are willing to let go of them. It’s hard to let go of sins. We commit sins we like. Learning to love God more than our sin will help aid us in letting go. Why is His burial important? Because He being the life, being fully God and fully man endured something that will probably happen to all of us. Without His death and burial, the resurrection wouldn’t have been possible. As Christian’s, our hope doesn’t lie in a man who died on a cross. Our hope doesn’t lie within a man who was buried. But our hope as Christian’s lies within an empty grave. And that’s something worth being excited about! His death, burial, resurrection, and the hope of Heaven is made possible through Jesus. But only if we’re willing to let go of our sin. In the end, holding on to it will make you eternally hurt. So, let’s be sure to let go of any sin that clings too closely and let us cleave you our Lord and give thanks to Him for all of his many blessings. But especially the blessing of His resurrection. If I can be of any assistance to you, please let me know. I love each of you. Alex
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, April 17, 2022 a.m. Announcements.......................................Jeff Mansel Bible Reading.........................................Ben DuBois Opening Prayer ...........................Bobby Joe Lindley Lord’s Supper Mike Childers Lead Singing......................................Donny McKay Closing Prayer................................... Stuart Childers Ushers .................................Tim Davis & Joe Minor Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer .................................... Greg Hughes Closing Prayer......................................... Larry Long Lead Singing...............................Bobby Joe Lindley Wednesday, April 20, 2022 Opening Prayer ................................Ethan Benefield Lead Singing.....................................Barry Kennedy The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact Jeff Mansel (871-0357) if unable to serve. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 4-6-22 ...................................................... 137 Sunday 1st Worship, 4-10-22 .................................... 183* Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 176 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 133 Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $9,237 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter Our Vacation Bible School is scheduled for June 12th -15th from 6:30-8:00 pm! There will be classes for all ages including adults.

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