Local church leaders were invited to submit their Easter Sunday sermons to the Clovis News Journal.
Here are selected excerpts from those submissions.
Larry Tittle, preaching minister, West 21st Street Church of Christ — John, in the last book in the Bible, received the ultimate view of Jesus in a powerful vision. He saw a lamb “looking as if it had been slain” (Revelation 5:6). This is important because the Christians of that time were undergoing tremendous persecution for their faithfulness to Jesus. What they needed to see was not a crucified Christ, but a victorious one. One who had overcome death. One who looked like he had been killed. John beheld Jesus with reference to his victory.
That is how we should behold him. Now, he is risen. The salient point in this matter is that without the Resurrection, Jesus is not Savior. Paul makes this point in I Corinthians 15:17, and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. It is important for us to see that without his Resurrection Christ is only a martyr. We understand a martyr to be one who dies for his or her cause. It is in his Resurrection that Christ shows himself to be our one and only savior and not just a martyr! Praise the Lord.
It is in his Resurrection that we see Jesus as victorious, glorious, and powerful.
Pastor Alan McAlister, Central Baptist Church — The Resurrection of Christ is to the believer what thread is to the seamstress; without it everything relating to Christianity falls apart. In his message “The significance of the Resurrection” from I Corinthians 15:13-20, Pastor McAlister explains what happens to our faith without the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and what proves he rose again.
Rev. Ben Wright, St. James’ Church —