The Redeemer Easter service was sprinkled with testimonies of people whose lives were changed by Christ.
Katie testified that after addiction to alcohol and pills she was ready to end her life. She text messaged her husband to say good-bye. "As I contemplated jumping, a strong inner voice came to me." She did not jump, turned to God again in her rehab, her marriage was restored, and she and her husband now have a son. "When we put God first, everything else seems to fall into place."
Annabelle talked about how her attempts to please her parents led her into daily despair. "Each time, I disappointed my parents I felt like I had disgraced them...One evening, I imagined running all the kitchen knives through my body." Through counseling, she learned that "I may disappoint God but his love is unconditional, and I don't have to prove anything."
Reverend Tim Keller preached on "The Resurrection" from Matthew 28:1-20. He said that it was not enough to believe in the historicity of Jesus and His resurrection. "You can believe in a naked fact and not change your life." Jesus says, "I am with you always. That is a life changer...When you believe the gospel, Christ comes into your life and you become the resurrection."