Week 36   Day 7

 

 

a pastor in the opening words of his sermon proclaimed 

           "we are an Easter people

            who live in a Good Friday world" 

                        what a proclamation 

                        what a picture  

 

we are an Easter people 

            rejoicing in the resurrection of Jesus 

            believing in the victory of life over death 

            affirming that in Jesus there is eternal life  

                        life that is rich 

                                    and good 

                                    and abundant 

                                    and redeeming 

                                    and wonder-filled 

 

yet our lord of life had no easy path to resurrection 

it was a journey filled with temptations 

                                    misunderstandings 

                                    frustrations 

                                    insults 

                                    betrayals 

                                    broken trust 

                                          facing the barriers of

                                                unbelief 

                                                fear 

                                                anger 

                                                hatred 

                                                jealousy

                                                and crucifixion 

 

we live in that world too 

and in the midst of our Good Fridays

            Jesus brings us new life

            again and again 

 

we are an Easter people

            living with Jesus

            in a Good Friday world

 

                                                                 ---rus

 

 

 

                                     RESURRECTION

      Good news from the graveyard:  Jesus is risen!

                                          Matthew 28

 

    1After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to

dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the

tomb.  2There was a great earthquake; for an angel of the

Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back

the stone from the door, and sat on it.  3His countenance

was like lightening, and his clothing as white as snow. 

4The guards shook for fear, and became like dead men.

     5But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid;

I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  6He is not
here; for He is risen, as He said.  Come, see the
place
where the Lord lay.  7And go quickly and tell His
disciples
that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is
going
before you into Galilee; there you will see Him."

    8So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and
great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.  9As
they
went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them,
saying,
"Rejoice!"   So they came and held Him by the
feet and
worshiped Him.  10Then Jesus said to them,
"Do not be
afraid.  Go and tell My brethren to go to
Galilee, and there
they will see Me."

    11While they were going, behold, some of the guard

came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the

things that had happened.  12When they had assembled

with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large

sum of money to the soldiers, 13saying, "Tell them, 'His

disciples came at night and stole Him away while we

slept.'  14And if this comes to the governor's ears, we

will appease him and make you secure."  15So they took

the money and did as they were instructed.

    16Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee,

to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 

17When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some

doubted. 

    18Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority
has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 
19Go
therefore and make disciples of all the nations,
baptizing
them in the name of the Father and of the Son
and of the
Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all
things that
I have commanded you; and lo, I am with
you always,
even to the end of the age."  Amen.

          This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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