Hello friends of Mears & Shelby UMC and Happy Easter!
I hope that you’re going to be able to spend time to reconnect with old friends and family or maybe even spend time with new friends. This year two of our sons are going to meet us Sunday afternoon and pick up a bucket of chicken on the way. We think that it’s just perfect!
I do hope that you’ve been able to enjoy some of the episodes of The Chosen that we’ve posted to our Facebook page, taken advantage of checking out the DVD’s that we have available, or watched at the Shelby Soup Suppers over Lent. This entire series has been completely different than anything that I’ve ever seen before. I got a call from two of my friends up in Mesick that saw The Chosen at the theatre last Christmas and they were so excited. While there is a variety of Christian entertainment out there right now, (finally!) I am so glad that we’ve been going through it as a church family. Seeing just a glimpse of the power of Jesus Christ and how he changed lives is so powerful and so needed!
As I watched Jesus heal a leper, on the show, I saw an outsider received into the family of God. Lepers, in ancient times had to sleep outside the city gates, or in caves or even graveyards because it was incurable. Can you imagine being separated from your family at a time when you need them most? Complete restoration is exactly what Jesus gives. Restored by the grace of Jesus Christ who conquered the ultimate separation of sin and death.
All of us have been outsiders at one place or time in our lives. Yet no matter how we’ve been pushed out, turned away, told that we’re too different – Jesus will never turn us out. We are enfolded in his grace. Remember – he is Risen!