He is Not Here! (By Shane Prewitt)

As we move into our second month of not being able to gather in our church building for corporate worship because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we recognize much has changed in a very short period of time in our lives. However, the one thing that will never change is the reason for the hope that we have inside us. 
This weekend is Easter, and once again Christians all around the world will be celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The words of the angel to the women at the tomb are as encouraging today as they were 2,000 years ago.
But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you see Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay” (Matthew 28:5-6).
While there are fears and concerns many people are facing because of uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus rapidly spreading throughout the world, we as Christians find our stability in the hope of the resurrection. Because we know that Jesus is alive and seated at the right hand of His Father, we know He is both aware of what is happening around us and is able to offer us help in our moments of need.
One of the blessings to me that has been coming out of the last month has been watching our church family minister to one another in various ways. Whether it has been making prayer phone calls, sending cards and emails, driving people to doctor’s appointments or driving needed grocery items to people who are unable to leave their homes, our church family at PHBC has been actively involved in ministry.
While we do not know how long this Pandemic is going to continue, we do recognize there will be continued needs represented in our congregation that will need to be met. Because of the generosity of our people’s giving, we have a benevolent fund, which is designed to help us meet the immediate needs of our people who face uncertain times.
If you have a need for financial assistance, please don’t hesitate to let us know. You can contact me directly at SPrewitt@phbaptist.org or email our church office at info@phbaptist.org or simply call and leave a message at the church at 440.886.6100 and we will make sure to forward your request on to our Benevolent Team and they will follow up with you.
We do it better when we do it together and that includes in times of crisis.
And let us never forget, even in difficult times, the reality of the empty tomb assures us of God’s great love and compassion for us.  Let us remain faithful to Him as He is faithful to us.
Happy Easter,
Pastor Shane Prewitt