“Jesus is the Reason for the Season” is the popular slogan you hear preachers say at Christmas, and you see this slo- gan during the Christmas holiday season on label pins, bumper stickers, and car magnets. In December, Jesus truly is the reason for celebrating Christmas. We celebrate the fact that God sent His Son as a baby born in a manger. We re- member the stories of shepherds and wise men coming to Jesus. In our minds we see a peaceful manger scene with a beautiful new baby that is born. We celebrate God’s great love for you and me as He sent His one and only Son to the world.
But Jesus is not just the reason for the Christmas season. Jesus is also the reason for the upcoming Easter season. This April, Jesus truly is the reason for celebrating Easter, but in several ways it is different from Christmas. Besides celebrating the fact that God sent His Son to the world, we also remember how Jesus died a horrible and tragic death on a cross. Instead of shepherds and wise men coming to see Jesus, no one came to him as he sacrificed his life and was crucified. In our minds when we look to Jesus at Calvary, it is not a peaceful scene but one filled with pain and suffer- ing as we see a man nailed to a cross. We celebrate God’s great love for us in sending Jesus, and we see the extent of God’s love in Jesus’ death.
For me the Christmas story is one of love, joy and peace. For me the Easter story is different. It’s a story of obedi- ence, sacrifice and commitment. Jesus was obedient to his Heavenly Father as he went to the cross. Jesus sacrificed his life on the cross. Jesus was committed to do what it took so our sins can be forgiven and our lives made right with God.
This month as we come to the Easter season, let the Christmas message, the love, joy and peace, live in your heart and be seen in your life. Also let the Easter message, the obedience, sacrifice and commitment, also live in your heart and be seen as you live your life with God and for God. As you live with each of these things, I believe you live out the Easter morning message that Jesus Christ is alive! He is alive in you not just for a season, but throughout the year and for eternity!
Olivet offers a traditional Moravian style service on Sunday Morning at 11:00 AM. Using hymns and liturgies from the Moravian Book of Worship the worshiper is led to a point when the children have a special time with the pastor and then a Gospel Sermon is preached by the Pastor or the Pastoral Assistant.
Communion is offered some eight times during the year, and all professing Christians are welcome to participate.
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Throughout the year Olivet highlights certain special themes and topics during the Sunday Service.
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