The Portales News-Tribune has spoken to local pastors to provide a cross-section of their Easter sermons.
Dave McFadden, First Baptist Church:
On Easter Sunday, I will be talking about the proof of the resurrection of Christ, and I will be explaining its significance. Without the resurrection, the cross would be insignificant.
I will also talk of the empty tomb and how it has transformed lives.
David McVey, Central Christian Church:
I will be giving the account of the resurrection of Christ and the hope and redemption. The story of the resurrection points us to hope and redemption.
Hope and redemption are in our own lives always — and it’s happening right now.
Peter Jaramillo, Victory Life Church:
My sermon will deal with the suffering of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. Mostly I read out of the Old Testament and confirm with the New Testament.
I am going to the chapter of Isaiah 53, to Mark on the resurrection, to Revelation when Christ appeared in a different form, and I’m going to Revelation 19, the chapter of the coming of Messiah.
Gary Piepkorn, Faith in Christ Lutheran Church:
Those who have faith in Christ will not only see Christ in reality, but will be with Christ for all eternity.
The second sermon is titled “The Vindicated Word,” which refers to Jesus predicting — at least three times — that he would come back to life. Lo and behold, he did!
Therefore, if that is true, lo and behold, everything since that is true, everything else is true. That includes forgiveness of sin, the gift of faith, the gift of the Holy Spirit and life everlasting.
— Compiled by PNT correspondent Linda Long