Tahoe pastor explains ‘real deal’ on Easter
With candles burning and instruments in tune, the spirit of Christianity shown alive and well Sunday during Easter services in South Lake Tahoe.
The congregation of the First Baptist Church joined several places of worship in packing in crowds for the holy day in which humanity celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Rev. Alan Morse told his flock that Easter is “the real deal” that’s not about eggs and bunnies or even religion; it’s about a relationship with someone who gave the ultimate sacrifice for man.
“That’s what Easter is all about,” he said, adding it’s “the single most important event in human history.”
Morse used examples documented through history as evidence of Christ’s rising from the dead three days after he was killed on the cross.
Science and faith have sometimes been at odds. But there are examples in which the two coincide, Morse pointed out.
He often turned to Bible passages in the Gospel of John to reference the belief or truth, depending on one’s perspective. He also used archaeological references, as in the linen wrapped around Jesus at the time of his death. It went undisturbed, a revelation in itself Morse called “cool” in his sermon.
“All I’m asking to do is give Christ an honest investigation,” he said.
Morse celebrated with an amen-chanting congregation the hope that has been passed down through generations.
Now, the story has lived up to its historical significance at the Baptist church on Wildwood Avenue. The pastor cited 150 teenagers interested in taking on the beliefs.
“I think a lot of people forget why we’re here. With all the movies and stuff going on, it’s good we be reminded of what it means,” church goer Dee Dee Thompson said of the meaning of Easter.
Thompson also gets a sense of family from the church.
After the service, she watched the multitude of children sprinting around the parking lot for Easter eggs.
As for the story of Jesus on the big screen, Thompson said she soon plans to see the movie “The Passion of the Christ.” Her 13-year-old daughter, Jaucelyn, saw it – but the mother insists her 9-year-old son wait a few years because of its graphic nature.
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