Pastor Wayne Derber

Phone:   815-570-2088 (home)   815-508-3435 (cell)



“Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord.’” – John 20:18

Christ is Risen!  Alleluia!

Dear Friend,

       “If mortals die, will they live again?” (Job 14:14).  This is the question that was asked by Job many centuries ago.  Like Job did so many years ago, we also ask the question: “If mortals die, will they live again?”  Or is death the end?  Is this life on earth all that there is?

       Death certainly seemed like the final end for Jesus as some women made their way to the garden tomb so many years ago.  Jesus, their dear friend and master, was dead.  And dead is dead is dead.  People do not go to a cemetery to visit someone alive.  They go to pay their respects to someone who is dead.  And so these women made their way to that burial tomb fully convinced that Jesus was dead.

       But... Jesus was alive!  That was the great miracle that shook the world nearly 2,000 years ago!  Jesus was not dead anymore!  He was risen!  Jesus was alive!  He really was!  Mary Magdalene hurried to the disciples and told them “I have seen the Lord!”

       “If mortals die, will they live again?”  Yes!  Jesus proved that to be true!  Christ has died!  Christ is risen!  Christ will come again!  “Christ is risen!  Alleluia!”

Your Friend in Christ,

Pastor Wayne