Ultimately, no one killed Jesus. No one took His life. He wasn’t a victim. He laid down His life by His own choice. Jesus said, “No one takes my life from Me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again.” He did this because He loves us. He said that He came, “to seek and to save what was lost”. He came, “not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
God’s plan was to take our sin and put it on His own son Jesus Christ. Jesus died in our place. By taking our sins upon Himself, Jesus made it possible for our relationship with God to be restored. During His life, Jesus made some radical statements about God and us. His resurrection from the dead confirmed that He is who He said He is. He alone is able to forgive our sins, to restore our relationship with God and to give us new life because He alone has the power to conquer death. The resurrection gives us hope for this life and the next.
God is calling us back into relationship with Himself. He’s calling us to know, to worship, to experience and to love Him. All we have to do is surrender to His calling and turn our lives over to Him. And that’s how our stories converge here at the Orchard. We are not a community of perfect people, we are a community of forgiven people who have accepted and experienced the new life that God offers through Jesus Christ. We invite you to join with us as we passionately pursue our relationship with God and continue our stories together!