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Pastor Ken Cline - Apr 21, 2019

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Easter Sunday’s sermon was about newness, how we will receive new life and new bodies after this life and body have passed away, because of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection.

Because of his sacrificial death on Good Friday, I have received the Mercy of God that saves me from my sin and deserved death. And because of his resurrection on Easter Sunday, I have received the Grace of God that will give me this undeserved newness of life.

Revelation 21:4-5 “…for the former things have passed away… I am making all things new.”

The more self-aware I become, the more I find inside me that I don’t like: anger, jealousy, lust, greed, prejudice. So I welcome this promise of newness and fervently wait for this old self to pass away and be forgotten.

But there is more good news—Pastor Ken explained that this resurrection and newness is not just for the afterlife, but for this life, too!

Philippians 1:6 “…he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

From the moment I gave my life to him, God already began my sanctification—this process of making me new and holy, like Jesus.

Now, Christ-awareness does not produce the same result as self-awareness. The more I know Jesus, the more he is all of who I want to be, and the more I want him to touch my heart and mind and make me clean.

Mark 1:40-42 “And a leper came to him, imploring him… ‘If you will, you can make me clean.” …[Jesus] stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, ‘I will; be clean.’ And immediately the leprosy left him and he was made clean.”

So I thank God for starting this good work in me, saying “amen” to the promise of its completion the day I finally see his face, and eagerly partnering with him in this work as my sanctification continues to unfold day after day.