Matthew 28:1-10 (click for full reading)
“Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” Matthew 28:10
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Jesus came so that we might have life. Abundant, resurrection life, here and now. Just like cupcakes with no baking powder, living life with no resurrection hope can be heavy, and flat.
Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” Mt 28:10
Oh, how the lives of the followers of Jesus changed after that. How the world changed after that. We have entered the season of Easter. What has you running? Are you running away from something? Running away from yourself, from your problems, your sadness, your sin?
Don’t be afraid, Jesus says to you today. This is my body, given for you, my blood, shed for you…you can stop running.
Maybe you are running toward something. Toward the life you wish you had. Toward a future that always feels a step and a half out of reach. Don’t be afraid, Jesus says. It’s the season of Easter, of resurrection, of new beginnings.
You can begin to live the resurrected life right now…
Questions to ponder/discuss:
1. Do most people believe that Easter is primarily about the hope of life after death rather than about the life we are living now? Why or why not?
2. Have you thought of resurrection mostly as something that happens somewhere off in the future?
3. How can the promise of the resurrection affect the way you experience your everyday life?
Use the 7 weeks of this Easter season to think deeply about what it means to live each day within the promise of resurrection. Your eternity with God has already begun, so let that promise affect the way you live, love and serve!