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Pastor Evan's Blog

Easter 2018

Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962), the world-famous violinist, earned a fortune with his concerts and compositions, but he generously gave most of it away. So, when he discovered an exquisite violin on one of his trips, he couldn’t buy it. Later, having raised enough money to meet the asking price, he returned to the seller, hoping to purchase that beautiful instrument. But to his great dismay it had been sold to a collector. Kreisler made his way to the new owner's home and offered to buy the violin. The collector said it had become his prized possession and he would not sell it. Keenly disappointed, Kreisler was about to leave when he had an idea. "Could I play the instrument once more before it is consigned to silence?" he asked. Permission was granted, and the great virtuoso filled the room with such heart-moving music that the collector's emotions were deeply stirred. "I have no right to keep that to myself," he exclaimed. "It's yours, Mr. Kreisler. Take it into the world, and let people hear it."

All Christians feel the same about the Lord Jesus. He is such good news for a world, which in all honesty has lost its way, that they are compelled to take the message about Him wherever they can. It is a message of hope, a message of reconciliation, a message of new life, a message of unbelievable love and it is a message for all!In the Bible, the prophet Isaiah wrote the following divinely inspired words “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.  Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live.”‍‍

The call is made to all those who are thirsty and hungry, but God’s call looks far beyond a physical need for water and food, it points to a spiritual thirst and a spiritual hunger.  The call is for all those who are unable to provide for themselves and in a spiritual context the call is for us all as not one of us can satisfy our own need!

He urges us not to waste our time with any of those things which do not bring permanent satisfaction!

He urges us to listen to Him because it’s only in Him that we will be truly satisfied! He is the only One who can meet our greatest need and the Bible goes on to tell us that God meets our need in His Son, the Lord Jesus!

Our greatest need is to get right with God, our creator and our Lord. Our sin separates us from Him. We are all sinners and righteously deserve nothing but God’s punishment and judgement to come upon us. That is bad news, BUT the good news is that Jesus calls all sinners to come to Him because in and through Him their hunger and thirst for true satisfaction (sins forgiven and a relationship with God restored) will be met.

Jesus tells us himself, “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” and “I am the bread of life. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live for ever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

This is the good news that all of us at the chapel want to share with you. It is the message of Easter. That Jesus, the Son of God went to the cross and died there in the place of all those who will repent of their sin and come to Him.

My prayer is that you will come to him now and be truly satisfied.

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