Identity of the King 13: The King of Life

This Sunday we celebrate Easter Sunday, and the Resurrection of our King! 

Please note that all of our service times are changing. They will be: 8:00 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 11:45 a.m.

And don't forget to bring your bells! Anytime we say or sing "Alleluia" during the service, we will ring our bells in celebration.  

For Meditation

The message of Easter is new life. Not just new circumstances, not just a new life arrangement, but a completely new restoration of life out of death. In this story, we meet two very different people who are both facing the proverbial end of the rope in their own way. Jairus’ life is crashing down as his little girl is fading into death. The woman in the crowd has been pushed to the point of desperation and is trapped in isolation and sickness. Yet for both of these people, Jesus reaches into the depths of their crushing circumstances and restores them to new life. Neither sickness nor pain nor death itself is any match for Jesus’ life-giving power. 

This is the message of Easter. Because Jesus has gone into the depths of our misery, even down in our own literal hell on the cross, we now have eternal hope through his resurrection to face any circumstance and any life situation. He always brings us out into abundant life, no matter what. Holding on to the hand of Jesus, the King of Life, we need not fear even death. He says to every one of us, “Little child, get up” (Luke 5:54). 

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Luke 8:40-56

40 Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. 41 Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house 42 because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.

As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. 43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. 44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.

45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked.

When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”

46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”

47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. 48 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

49 While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.”

50 Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”

51 When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother. 52 Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.”

53 They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” 55 Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. 56 Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.