Remarks From the Pastor - March 25, 2018

Good Morning Church Members & Guests

This morning, as many of you know, is Palm Sunday. The day, taken from the Gospels, commemorates when a whole city threw a parade for Jesus. As Jesus rode into the city, the people threw Palm branches in anticipation of his coming. This day marked a time of celebration where Jesus was worshipped and praised.

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

We know that many in this same crowd, within a few short days, exchange words of praise for words of death, first shouting Hosanna, Hosanna and then later shouting Crucify Him, Crucify Him.

Today we shall hear about Jesus through one of His Apostles, “John the Beloved”, via a dramatization by Mr. Mark Remington with his technical assistant and wife, Sandy.  The story of the last supper, the arrest of Jesus, his treatment before the crucifixion, the Via Della Rosa, the cross, the empty tomb, and the encounter with the Holy Spirit of twelve followers in the upper room. John, the beloved disciple and author of the fourth gospel, was probably the youngest apostle as well as the only one of the twelve who did not die a martyr’s death. However, this does not mean he escaped all persecution. Near the end of his life, he was exiled to the isle of Patmos for his witness to the truth of the Gospel (Rev. 1:9).

While in exile, John had a direct vision of Jesus, and this meeting is described in the book of Revelation. This final book of the Bible has provoked much discussion, but our concern today is not to examine eschatology (the study of last things). Our focus instead will be on the picture of the exalted Christ.