John 20 - The Return of the King
It is Done. The War is Over. Or it's not, weigh the evidence and you decide.
Pastor Andrew Ruth
April 5, 2015
John 19 - The King is Enthroned
"It is finished."
Pastor Andrew Ruth
March 29, 2015
It is finished | Tetelestai | τετελέσται
When a servant completed an assigned task in the assigned manner, she would report, "Tetelestai. It is finished." Jesus is the True Servant who accomplished his Father's will and mission to save humanity.
If a priest examined a sacrificial lamb and found the animal to be without blemish, he declared, "Tetelestai. It is complete." Jesus is the True High Priest and the True Passover Lamb.
When an artist stepped back from her sculpture for the final time, she declared, "Tetelestai. It is finished." Jesus' life, death, and resurrection are the consummation of God's grand design for salvation established before the foundations of the earth.
When a debt was paid off in full, the promisory note was marked, "Tetelestai. Paid in full." Jesus is the King who paid the Debt of Sin that we could not pay. He has cancelled out the ledger by nailing it to the tree.
When a convict completed his sentence or underwent his punishment, his case was marked, "Tetelestai. It is finished." Jesus bore the punishment for all our sins. He was crushed for our iniquities, and the punishment that brought us peace was laid upon him.
IT IS EASTER!
Time to Celebrate!
Sunrise Celebration @ 6:30AM in the Cemetery
We’ll start our Easter Celebrations in the same kind of place, where Easter began, a graveyard. What makes Easter Easter is the death of death, so we’ll celebrate in the abandoned home of the dead. If that sounds cryptic, it’s not, it’s just that unfathomably good news. This service will be a short and intimate.
Main Easter Celebration @ 9:45AM in the Fellowship Hall
This is going to be a party! We’ll celebrate with breakfast and coffee, as we start the process of wrapping our heads and hearts around Jesus’ Resurrection. We’ll celebrate in some familiar ways and some unique ways including composing a Flowered Cross and a huge Stained Glass Window art project. This celebration will run straight into our 11:00AM worship service to create awesome time of worship. Get there early for a good seat.