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On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb …”
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But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.
Remember, that’s what the angels want us to do as we stare with Peter into that empty tomb. The miracle of Easter is that, eventually, those unbelieving, defeated, followers of Jesus will do exactly that. They will become the community that Jesus empowered them to be. We are part of that very same community!
Because Jesus walked back into our lives and forgave us and told us that no power, no institution, no system, no principality and no terrorism, would ever be able to rob us of the dignity and freedom and forgiveness that God has given us in Christ.
On the cross, the world did all it could do to Jesus. On Easter, we hear God’s response.
God has taken the worst you could do — your apathy, your selfishness, your unbelief, the violence in your heart, your sin, and yes, even your death. Jesus took it all to the cross and died with it.
And then we found the tomb empty. Because Jesus was out looking for us. To give us the news. The good news.
Questions To Ponder/Discuss
1. What are some of your own memories of Easter?
2. What draws even people who do not regularly attend worship to church on Easter?
3. How does attending the other Holy Week services affect your experience of Easter Sunday?
This week I simply want to say thank you. Thank you to all of our gifted staff and volunteers here at Prince of Peace for your faithful efforts to share the Good News through our Holy Week and Easter services. Together, you have been a blessing to so many people. He is risen. He is risen indeed!
See you in church!