“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures….” 1 Cor. 15:3-4
I recall some amazing events in my life. I remember standing before my wife pledging my life-long love to her 33 years ago. I remember walking the line at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School receiving my Master's Degree. I remember the joy of holding my first child and savoring God’s goodness. I remember the excitement of moving into my first home. These are all great memories that mark my life and shape how I think about key moments. And as wonderful as these and many others are, they pale in comparison to the events we remember this holy week.
There are two events that changed the nature of all reality for all people for all time. They are inseparable and only make sense when the two of them are held side by side. Eliminate one, and you lose more than just a half; you lose the whole.
The two events revolve around the purpose of God put on display with his Son, Jesus. One is unspeakably horrible because of its inhumanity and bloody reality. The other is unbelievably wonderful because of its declared victory for humanity by way of an empty place. The two events are the crucifixion and the resurrection. We do horrible justice to these events if we speak of one and forget the other. We must speak of them always in tandem connected as the end and the beginning.
The Bible heralds these two events that cracked history wide open and history has, thankfully, never recovered. More personally, these two events which the Bible asserts as true changed not only history but each and every life that is honestly willing to consider the implications of each element.
These two events changed me. These two events changed many of us. These two events still change every person who humbly repents in faith and surrenders to the goodness reflected in them. There is power in the proclamation of the crucifixion and resurrection. There is joy in reviewing them over and over again. Never tire or grow overly familiar with the death of Jesus and his resurrection to new life.
Pastor, speak of these two events with courage, tenderness, passion, and boldness. Present them to the people who know all about them with fresh vigor and fresh focus. Present them tenderly to those who are curious but not yet convinced.
Wherever you have an opportunity, speak of Jesus crucified and resurrected this Easter weekend! It is a celebration!
Ken Nabi, Regional President
Ken Nabi has served as the Regional President for Converge Great Lakes since 2016. He earned a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and worked as a Marriage and Family Therapist before enjoying 21 years as a pastor at Community Church of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Ken is a strategic leader focusing on movements and reproducible systems. Community Church of Fond du Lac planted five churches during his tenure, and those churches helped plant seven more churches.