Pastor's Message
Ramapo Reformed Church
100 Island Road
Mahwah, NJ. 07430
              




             So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything
          has become new!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us
                                  the ministry of reconciliation…                  – 2 Corinthians 5:17-18, NRSV


Easter, 2019

Dear Friends:

Life is a matter of perspective, and as we enter the season of Easter, I offer two illustrations to consider.  
A few weeks ago when Debbie’s parents were visiting, Debbie’s dad, Don, and I decided to bring some
clothes to the clothing closet.  Don got a box out of the trunk and, as it was cold outside, we decided to
drive over.  However when Don shifted the car into reverse and the back-up camera activated, all we
saw were the tops of trees in the backyard.  Both of us first thought that the car offered a number of
viewing angles of which we had previously been unaware.  We tried to adjust the camera’s settings but
could not find our way back to normal.  As a result we decided to throw caution to the wind and go
anyway, whereupon Don looked in his rear view mirror only to realize that the trunk was still open and
the camera was simply showing exactly what it saw.  There were no different angle options.  We had
simply forgotten to close the trunk!  The second illustration pertains to renovating the church office,
which was accomplished on a Thursday through Saturday time frame in March.  In order to paint the
walls and recover the floor, it was necessary to empty the office completely into the Fellowship Hall.  
What amazed me, and everyone who saw it, was that the contents of this one modestly sized office
occupied nearly one-half of the floor space in the hall!  Or when semi-spread out, the contents seemingly
grew five times more from whence they had come.  All who saw it (including myself) wondered how all
that “stuff” had fit into that small space.

The application for Easter for me then is two-fold.  In that no matter how well we think we are doing,
there is a lot more junk (in this case, sin) packed inside of us that could stand coming out.  So much so
that we might be surprised how it all fit into us in the first place.  The miracle of Easter not only provides
the cure for this but allows for a different point of view we may easily forget is always there.  Even
though we may be reminded to behold the heavens unexpectedly, such as when backing up in our cars
and forgetting to close the trunk, the reality is that Easter seeks to inspire us to open our hearts and minds
to the reality of God in our daily lives.  God is desirous for us to keep the perspective of Easter year
round and not simply on one specific day.  In addition and because of Easter, God has promised to
restore us back to where we should have always been and to become better than ever!  As a result and
however we celebrate, may we seek to look past the clutter in order to see the glory of our risen Savior.  
Happy Easter!  Join with us as you are able, and may this Easter season work within us so that it gives us
a fresh perspective every day of our lives!

Blessings,

Pastor Bill