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Easter Service of 1997

Offered by

Pastor Daniel Joseph Megow     [visit]

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The Easter Sunday Service of 3/30/97

A Quote:

(John Chapter 20 verses 13-17)
        And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.
        And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.
        Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have born him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
        Jesus saith unto her, Mary. she turned herself, and saith unto him. Rab-bo-ni; which is to say Master.
        Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto My Father, and Your Father; and to My God, and your God.

The Sermon:

        The Master died that we may have the fullness of Life. By example, He showed us even how to die. In the final act of his mortal life, he demonstrated the Father's Love, compassion and forgiveness. Even while hanging nailed to the cross, he gave loving service and comfort to the repentant thief hanging by his side. Said he of those who
crucified him: "Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do."

        Throughout the hideous act of Torture which resulted in the death of his human material body, he was at peace with himself and with God. He showed no anger, no resentment, no fear. He knew throughout it all that he would survive the death of his mortal body, that his death was but the last act of his mortal Life which would release him
into the after-life.

        Why are the Resurrection and subsequent appearances to many so important that even 2000 years later, the large portion of Mankind Celebrate them? Is it because He survived Mortal Death? Many would say so. But to me the true significance is that Jesus showed us, that WE can survive mortal death. If we faithfully choose Father's Will to the best of our ability of recognizing it, we need no longer fear for nor doubt our OWN survival of this life in the flesh.

        Already we have survived this Life in the flesh, already have we begun our life in "The Kingdom of Heaven" once we choose in our Soul to accept Father's Will over the will of our own limited human Ego... once we stop telling God what we think we need and joyfully accept that which He offers us... Once we have realized that God's Will for us is so much more Grand than we could ever imagine for ourselves.

        The Masters Life was an example of Unselfish Service, Unconditional Love, and Unbroken Desire for the Father's Will... Even unto a Brutal Death on the cross. Let us Learn from His example and take for granted our own Survival of this life that we too may be an example of what it means to be God's Child.

A Prayer:

Most Understanding and Compassionate Source of All Being,
        I dedicate my life here on this torn world to Your Will for me. No longer will I selfishly question the purpose of those experiences in my life which You have chosen for me. Your Purpose I would choose as my own for it is in my best interests. No longer will I question Your Wisdom in allowing me to experience times of pain and strife, for in retrospect I am already beginning to see how valuable they have been to my continued Growth. Never will I take my own life, nor that of another, for it is Yours to decide when the next life is to begin... and this one is to end.
        Truth, Beauty, Goodness and Love are the results of Your Will for us Dear God.

Your Will be Done.

Father's Eternal Parental Love,

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