The Presence of the Christ
These have been difficult days for many and our lives have been upended by this pandemic. Yet the message of hope in Christ has been the one constant. It is the message of salvation that has been with us since the Creation. On Easter Sunday, as we celebrate the resurrection, I’ll lead us through the Scriptures to see that as Christians, we must long to be in the presence of Christ as he longs for us to be with him. Everything God has done in history centred on the cross and the empty tomb, with the aim of bringing us back into personal, close, intimate, face-to-face relationship with our God. In a year when restrictions have limited our contact with each other, God continues to offer us himself and the hope of eternity with no restrictions.
The Crises of the ChristGod's necessary work; humanity's only hopeEaster Sunday - April 4, 2021The Presence of the ChristTodd DugardVarious ScripturesAs a Christian, I long to be in the presence of Christ as he longs for me to be in his presence.• The intention: “The LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.” Exodus 33:11• The disruption: “The man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God.” Genesis 3:8• The consequence: “But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God.” Isaiah 59:2• The intervention: “God with us.” Matthew 1:23• The setback: “He breathed his last.” Luke 23:46• The victory: “I have seen the Lord.” John 20:18• The provision: “Lo I am with you.” Matthew 28:20• The restoration: “Behold the dwelling place of God is with man.” Revelation 21:3