What a privilege it is all these many years to come around to the celebration of the Lord's resurrection and be able to preach messages that relate to it. Having been here now over forty years, many, many Easters have come and gone and every one is a new and fresh challenge to take a look at the resurrection, perhaps, in a very special way.
I want to do that this morning from a text that may surprise you a little bit, but I think you'll understand as we take a look at it in detail.
Open your Bible to 1 Peter chapter 2...1 Peter chapter 2. For those that are visiting with us, I have one very simple role here at Grace Church, I tell people what the Bible means by what it says. The underlying commitment that we have is to the authority of the Word of God, that the Word of God is exactly what it claims to be...the Word of God, that it is without error, that is inspired, that it is authoritative, that it is life transforming and powerful. In a word, it is true in everything that it affirms. And so, from week to week and service to service, we open the Bible and we endeavor to understand the message that God has communicated to us in it, and for this morning, it's 1 Peter chapter 2 and I want to read verses 21 to 24...1 Peter chapter 2 verses 21 to 24....