This Changes Everything

The big day was finally here. The young bride-to-be was about to walk down the aisle and marry the man of her dreams. Even though she was exhausted from months of preparation, she beamed with joy. The church was decorated beautifully. The colors chosen for the wedding were perfect on the bridesmaids and groomsmen. The florist’s arrangements were exploding with color. When the bridal march began the doors opened and she began to walk down the aisle. She was stunning. The service went perfectly. The reception was a real celebration. And when all was done, friends and family gathered to tell the beautiful couple, “Good bye!” With cheers and applause, the newlyweds kissed one more time and drove away in separate cars promising to meet again on their anniversary.

What?

“Ridiculous!” you say, “There is no way newlyweds would do that!”

I agree.

The whole point of marriage is togetherness. A man and a woman develop a friendship that deepens into the commitment of love that lasts a lifetime. The last place they want to be is apart. Being married changes everything.

Are you sitting down? What I am about to tell you is amazing.

Once upon a time, Almighty God set a plan in motion that would result in the shameful, agonizing death of His One and Only Son so that His rebellious, fallen, depraved, sinful creatures could be forgiven and enjoy a never-ending relationship with Him. To seal the deal, God the Father raised God the Son from the grave ensuring that we all could escape death too.

This death-defying act of God

Every Sunday since then, His followers have been gathering to celebrate His resurrection on the First Day of the Week. Each year, a day is set aside to commemorate this death-defying act of God.

For many people Easter means time out of school, new clothes, coloring eggs, giving baskets filled with goodies, and talk of a rabbit called, “The Easter Bunny.” (I know, it sounds crazy!) Of course, all of this is good-natured fun. I enjoy coloring eggs with my kids and hiding them too.

But have you noticed that for most of us, life goes on as usual the day after Easter? The decorations go into storage, students are back in school, and the rest of us are back at work. But shouldn’t there be more? After all, we just celebrated the resurrection of someone from the dead, and not just anyone – the very Son of God!

Like the young couple in the parable, there was a commitment, we had a celebration, and life goes on as usual.

This cannot be.

Then nothing can remain the same

If the Scriptures are true, if the eyewitnesses are reliable, if there has not been a plausible explanation for the disappearance for Jesus’ body after His crucifixion, then nothing can remain the same.

God orchestrated everything so that we could be forgiven and have a real and personal relationship with Him. If you have not asked Christ to forgive you of your sin and surrendered your life to follow Him then what are you waiting for?

I would be happy to guide you into the process of knowing and following Christ so you can experience real life the way God intended.

And if you have truly experienced a new life in Christ, but realize things are basically the same, I would be delighted to talk to you about that as well.

Jesus Christ did indeed rise from the dead. And that changes everything.

“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” (2 Cor. 5:14-15)

Mark Bordeaux
About Mark Bordeaux 10 Articles

Mark’s journey began in Jacksonville, Florida when, as a student at Trinity Christian Academy, he heard the Good News that God truly loves people, but we are separated from Him because of our sin. Each of us have not only inherited a propensity to disobey, but have chosen to go our own way, rather than God’s way and experience a personal relationship with Him.

In his own words…

“Although I had been a church member since my childhood, I realized that I knew “about” God, but did not “know” God in a real and personal way. The realization that God loved us and paid the ultimate price for our sin by sending His Son to be our sacrifice on the cross and rise from the dead to rescue us became clear. I also realized that if I did not surrender to God and by faith accept His Son’s sacrifice for my sin, I would continue to be alienated from God.

Even though I did not know much about the Bible and certainly did not know the evidences for it’s accuracy, I knew enough to respond to God. One afternoon after school, I was alone in my home and knelt and prayed to God. I simply asked Him to forgive me of my sin and take me to Heaven when I died. I was truly sorry for being a sinner and sincerely asked Him to save me.

When I finished praying and had trusted God to save me it was as though the separation between God and me, that I sensed earlier, was removed. In child-like terms I knew I was not ‘in trouble’ anymore and that God had forgiven me. In my mind, it was almost as though Jesus had His arms wide-open saying, ‘It’s alright now!'”

As a college student, Mark grew in his commitment to Jesus as he attended Hillcrest Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Regularly hearing the Bible taught and preached as well as being around other young people who loved Jesus helped his commitment deepen.

Mark continued to mature in his relationship with God as a member of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida. Not only did he grow in his commitment to Christ while at First Baptist following Christ he met the love of his life, Debbie, who has been his partner in life and ministry ever since.

His first experience of introducing someone to a relationship with Jesus by sharing the Good News was at First Baptist. Later, he was invited to preach at the city rescue mission and was amazed when five men professed to receive Christ. The joy of having a part in what God was doing sharpened his focus even more.

After graduating with a degree in Broadcast Management in 1980, he chose to serve God in Christian broadcasting. His first job following college was as the program director of a Christian radio station. He began receiving invitations to speak at area churches. Again, people responded to God’s invitation of salvation. His call to full-time ministry continued to be confirmed.

When he heard that a local church was searching for a youth minister he applied. The church called him to serve and he left broadcasting and began the adventure of full-time ministry.

Since beginning as a youth minister he has served as an associate pastor, pastor, and senior pastor. He has been humbled to serve in eight churches in five states over a period of more than 30 years.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Luther Rice Bible College, a master’s degree in divinity (with languages) from The Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently in the Doctor of Ministry program at the Billy Graham School of Church Growth and Evangelism at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Additionally, he has made annual trips to the former Soviet Union since 1995 to train Russian and Ukrainian pastors and church planters as well as assist International Mission Board personnel in evangelism and church planting projects. He continues to study Russian and often brings groups to experience international missions first hand.

Mark also serves as a Coach-Consultant for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. He says, “Encouraging Biblical church health and growth is deeply rewarding. I cannot think of anything that has a greater impact on the world than a united body of believers following the Master and fulfilling His mission.”

Mark desires to glorify God and further His Kingdom by helping people discover life worth living in Jesus Christ.

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