Sunday Easter Service: The Shocking Easter Reset

Perhaps you have heard, read or thought about `the great reset’.

Upcoming Sunday we celebrate the great feast of Easter. This is not just a religious feast for Christians. The message of Easter is a `reset’ message with impact for every person and people on earth. We should not only come to know about the content, the reliability and the truthfulness of it. We should become aware of the shocking reality that has already begun, when Jesus was risen from the dead. As soon as we start to realise it, can we remain silent and passive any longer?

I strongly recommend and ask you to invite others to join our online Easter service. Couldn’t we all invite at least our social media contacts to watch the service? Pray and see what you can do more to spread the Easter message! As your pastor I wish you all an extraordinary blessed and beautiful Easter. But let us also pray for boldness. That we may be a fellowship that proclaims boldly the truth and reality and urgency and happiness of the Good News of Easter.

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When righteousness has a price

Most of us live in great freedom. We enjoy freedom of speech. Although others may disagree with what we think and say, we are tolerated and we tolerate others. But what if standing for righteousness would have a price. Would we, would I be willing to pay that price? For many across the world, this is not a theoretical question. Upcoming Sunday we read the story about Jesus, Pilate and Barabbas. And we see how righteousness had and still has a price.

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Weekly we preach the crucified Christ, at ICF-Delft. And now especially, on our way to Easter, we focus on the cross. Why? What joy could there be in looking at a cross – which was a horrible means of torture? Two things we must keep in mind.

First: if we look at Jesus, we should be aware that the coming of Jesus was the climax, the climactic moment in the history of the world. God had chosen one man – Abraham – and made promises to him. In him all the families of the earth would be blessed. This man would become a family, a people and through this people blessing would come to the whole earth. The whole earth, suffering from so much misery. When we look at the history of this family, we see however that within this family, within this people the same problems occurred as in all mankind. When Jesus came, the One came who would deal with the problem his people and all peoples deal with. Namely: sin. Which is a deep, inward unbelieving rebellion against and mistrust of our good and holy Creator God. Sin is that we are not willing to will what we should. And sin is that we are continually willing to do what is against his commandments.

The second thing we must keep in mind is that in Jesus’ life, the climax is his way to the cross. The cross was a horrible means of torture for those who rebelled, used by the Romans in those days wherein Jesus
lived. The cross did not occur to Jesus accidentally. Jesus went to the cross by purpose. He went to the cross to undergo what we deserved from God. Our sin was and is greater and more serious than we shall ever be able to realise. Now the Father sent his Son to take upon Him what we deserved. And the Son – unlike us – was willing to do anything the Father commanded him – since he loved his Father and knew the will of his Father was and is always the best. So the Son agreed with the Father in his plan for our salvation.

Now if God was willing to provide for us such great love – that he was even willing to go the cross for us – then we should radically and completely change our minds about God. The problem of sin is that we
often think, speak and act as if God were no powerful, loving, caring God. What a terrible insult are our sins to a good, holy, almighty Creator! However, in stead of giving us what we deserved, he gave us
what we did not deserve. He gave his only Son. He offers us grace. Before he comes to judge the world and all mankind – the living and the dead, he now provides in a way to be saved from his own judgement. On that day, he will be completely righteous, when he judges sinners and sends them to their deserved punishment. But now he continuous to offer us grace. To show us the depths of his love and mercy. We may come to him and he wants to own us, so that we can own what is his. We can be part of his bride-like people. Then, when we look at the cross, we see the great Bridegroom giving everything for his bride. And our hearts are filled with comfort, joy and wonder. So: look at Christ. Look at the cross. And be saved. Change the way you think about God. And find joy. Whereas the cross is foolishness to the world, for those who have come to see and believe, it is the source of eternal life.

Pastor Jos Slager

Easter Celebration, Sunday Service April 1

The greatest news ever!

Easter is the greatest news ever. We can easily see why. It changed the lives of many people, living in a variety of times and cultures. And, what’s more important: it has the potential to change your life! Come and celebrate Easter with us on Sunday.

Easter Service on Sunday 1 April, at 12 hrs 15 in the Génestet Church – This is a special joyful service celebrating Easter. Invite your friends, colleagues and family members to join you to this celebration.

Rev. Hans-Jan Roosenbrand

Going Home

Go back to your first exitement about Jesus. What‘s left of it? What do you need to feel alive again, to keep alive the hope of faith in Jesus? Probably the same as two close friends of Jesus, travelling to their hometown Emmaus on the first day of Easter:  the reassurance that Jesus really is alive! Two friends of Jesus were on their way home to a town called Emmaus. They were sad and confused because of what happened with Jesus in Jerusalem. Contrary to their expectations, he was killed. And worse: his body disappeared from the tomb. This famous Easter Story is about hope, dreams and expectations. And about disappointments in life. Welcome on Sunday in our church, where we continue to celebrate Easter!

Cornerstone of Christian faith

Jesus’ alive – impossible to believe?

How is it possible to believe that somebody rises from the dead? Rationally and scientifically it seems impossible. However, there are many reliable witnesses that Jesus, who gave himself into the cruellest death at the cross, was raised from the dead and is alive indeed. You may trust them: He is a real and trustworthy Savior. He is able to change what nobody can change. How can we believe that He is going to establish his reign of peace in this turbulent and violent world? See, hear reasons to be convinced!

Welcome for celebrating Easter, the festival of the risen Lord! Easter Sunday 16 April, Génestetchurch, 12 hrs 15. Welcome also to invite friends and colleagues to join the service.

Pastor Niek Tramper

Eastern invitation: YOU’RE INVITED!

The international community of ICF Delft invites YOU to join us for Eastern celebration. Enjoy our services and have a good time, meeting International- and Dutch Christians:

  • Friday 14 April – Chapel Old Church, 19.30h Good Friday Service
  • Sunday 16 April – Génestet Church, 12.15, Easter celebration