Happy Easter! What (or Whom) will you celebrate on Sunday? At a recent reunion, I learned that my great grandfather (9x removed) arrived in Charlestown, Mass. with his wife Ruth Mousall in 1639. He was voted into the church and his pastor was Rev. John Harvard. When Pastor Harvard died, he donated 400 books and half of his estate to a small college with only 9 students. In gratitude, they changed their name to honor him – Harvard. I also learned that not only was Harvard started as a bible training school, but so were Yale, and Princeton. Surprisingly, Princeton’s crest still reads, “Dei sub numine viget,” which is Latin for, “Under God she flourishes.”

For 300 years Americans have fought the “declension” which happened to Ivy League Schools – the natural tendency for a high view of God to become a low view of God, culminating in a high view of man, and ultimately in everyone believing themselves to be walking, talking, mini-gods. The plight of America rests in this single sentence.

Easter is the holiday that combats this natural declension. It is the holiday where we unite to celebrate the ONE and only true God and Savior. We join 1 billion others to proclaim that only ONE lived a perfect life, only ONE died an atoning death, only ONE came back from death, and only ONE can save man from his sin. Easter is the holiday, which requires each of us come face to face with Jesus again, in all His might and in all His glory, determining whether to accept or reject His offer of forgiveness.

This weekend, may I encourage you to do two things? First, REMEMBER. Take time on Friday, or Saturday, and read through the John 19-20 story again, recalling to mind all that Jesus endured on the cross and at the hands of men. Secondly, REJOICE. Invite friends and family to church and then spend time at lunch sharing personal anecdotes of what “hope” means to you. Don’t just invite your friends, actually brings your friends, and buy their lunch. He’s risen! Worship, rest, and share…

“But we know that there is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we live for him. And there is only one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom God made everything and through whom we have been given life.” – 1 Corinthians 8:6

Excited to celebrate this greatest of day’s together,

Pastor Tony

P.S. Please pray for me, that I share the gospel with clarity and quality on Sunday.


Posted by Anthony Wood

Anthony is Pastor of Mission Bible Church in Tustin, CA, and has authored the books Defining Church & Defining Family. He’s married to Bre, and they have three children. More @AnthonyGeneWood

One Comment

  1. Great piece of history and a great reminder to ask the Spirit to fight my flesh and not lower my view of God, thanks Tony


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