Easter Sunday 2013

31 Mar

Matthew 28:1-10
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

So I got up this morning at 5:45 (which my body felt was 4:45 because of the clocks going forwards!) to go to the sunrise service we have, jointly with the neighbouring parish. And all I can think is “Who thought up this ridiculous time to get up?”
Turns out that it was Jesus, fulfilling another prophecy. And so, after resting on the Sabbath, Jesus rose with the start of the new day, sunrise!

And we can see that when Jesus appeared He was real and not an apparition, because they touched His feet and worshipped. They recognised that He was alive, not dead. No wonder they were filled with joy.

And it is on this fact, the physical resurrection, that the Church is based. The fact that Jesus conquered death means that we no longer have to worry, because death has no hold over us. When we put our faith in Jesus as our Saviour can be assured of this because He has taken the punishment we deserve and paid the price – death. And so now we live in the new life that is eternal, though our physical body might fade and crumble. We are one with Christ and live in His resurrection.

He is risen indeed! HALLELUJAH!!!

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