What a Night!

Words really can’t describe Dive Deep last night. It was incredible. It was powerful. It was filled with joy, love, peace and all things that are right.

The Good Friday Dive Deep is a tradition in Chi Alpha. We gather as a community to reflect and respond to the reality that on a fateful Friday some 2000 years ago our Savior hung on a cross for us. Then, we end with a celebration of the new life we have in Christ because if Easter with Baptisms!

Last night, we took a journey though the whole passion week (the week leading up to the crucifixion).

We journeyed through the Gate and into the triumphal entry. We imagined what it must have been like to have been there. The crowded streets, the smells, and…then….the Messiah….on a donkey? What a humble man that we shouted Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! to.

We entered the Garden of Gethsemane and tried and imagine giving ourselves over to the will of the Father in the same way that Jesus did.

We moved to Friday with Golgotha, the place of the skull. Here our Savior was crucified. Here we focused on three of his last words and what they could mean for us today. We took communion as a body, together. To celebrate his death, until He comes.

Then! Then! We moved to the Grave, the empty tomb. We celebrated that He is Risen! He is Risen! He is Risen! We took part in the party that is life that is lived in the resurrection. We had joy, excitement, and anticipation!

This is where the baptisms happened. We had 19 baptism candidates! What a joy to take part in this ordinance! What a joy to take part in what Jesus commanded and used as a picture of the new life that we have in Him. What a privilege, what an honor.

It will never cease to amaze me the amount of transformation God does in all of us. It’s powerful to hear the stories of transformation from all of the candidates about how God intersected their lives. How God used people, messages, “coincidences” and promptings of His Spirit. Powerful stories.

The community celebrated each new life like it was their own. A beautiful picture of a vibrant community that is rooted in Jesus. Absolutely breathtaking.

If you’ve never been to a Chi Alpha Dive Deep, I would recommend you make it out!

If you went to this one, what did you think?


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