I would like to tell you a story. This story is about the one true God; an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present, unchanging and eternal God.
This story will come from a book known as the Bible, written by 40 different men over about 1,500 years. God inspired the writing of His book.
The Bible is true and reliable. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. He created from nothing, simply by speaking them into being. He created the oceans, the mountains, the birds of the air and the fish in the sea. God also created angels to worship and serve Him. One angel wanted to be equal to or greater than God. This angel’s name was Lucifer, but you may know him better as Satan. Because of his disobedience and that of his followers, known as demons, they were cast out of heaven. His most special creation was man and woman. God said He would make man and woman in the image of God. He named the first man and woman, Adam and Eve. He placed them in a beautiful garden, the Garden of Eden. They had a close and personal relationship with God, who gave them dominion over everything in the garden. The only instruction they were given was not to eat from one tree, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God told them that if they ate from that tree that they would surely die.
One day, Eve was walking in the garden. She was met by a serpent, the angel Satan whom God had cast out of heaven, who tempted her to eat of the tree that God had told them not to eat of. She stated that God said that if they ate of that tree that they would surely die. The serpent stated that God did not mean that they would die, but instead their eyes would be opened and they would be like God. After Eve ate of the tree, she gave some of the fruit of that tree to her husband. It was at this moment that sin entered the human race. God knew what Adam and Eve had done, and He confronted them about it. Because there can be no sin in God’s presence, Adam and Eve were cast out of the garden. After Adam and Eve were cast out of the garden, the Earth began to populate. Although man had sinned, God still loved His special creation and wanted a personal relationship with them. God, through a man named Moses, sent the Ten Commandments. Commandments like “you shall have no other God before me” and “you shall not murder.” Commandments that showed us how to live with God and how to live with our fellow man. The problem was that these commandments did not change the human heart. After the commandments, God allowed a perfect, unblemished lamb to be sacrificed as a sin offering. It was stated that the altars flowed with blood from these animals, but again, man’s heart remained sin-sick.
God then sent the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all humanity. He sent His one and only Son. Jesus was born of the
Do you believe this? Jesus made a way for us to be in right relationship with God the Father.
On Sunday, April 21, Mission Community Church, 13912 Jefferson Davis Highway, will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus in three ways: 7:30 a.m., we will hold a sunrise service on the bluff at Henricus Park; 9:30 a.m., there will be a breakfast at the church, and we will serve until we run out of food; and at 11 a.m., we will celebrate the resurrection in a worship service. All are welcome.