A NOTE FROM PASTOR BOB
I am often asked, “What does Easter mean to you?” Since I was a young boy I was told a story that I have forever treasured in my heart. It is the meaning of Easter:
A little boy and his father were driving down a country road on a beautiful spring afternoon. Suddenly out of nowhere a bumblebee flew in the car window. Since the little boy was deathly allergic to bee stings, he became petrified. But the father quickly reached out, grabbed the bee, squeezed it in his hand, and then released it. But as soon as he let it go, the young son became frantic once again as it buzzed by the little boy. His father saw his panic-stricken face. Once again the father reached out his hand, but this time he pointed to his hand. There still stuck in his skin was the stinger of the bee. “Do you see this?” he said. “You don’t need to be afraid anymore. I’ve taken the sting for you.” And this is the message of Easter. We do not need to be afraid of death anymore. Christ faced death for us. And by His victory, we are saved from sin. Christ has taken the sting! 1 Corinthians 15:22 asks: “Where, oh death, is your sting?”
Awaken! Christ has taken the sting for us. He has risen! Fear is gone. New life is ours. Now, all that is expected is we live it.