Reflections

16:1When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint [Jesus].  2And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb.  3They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?”

4When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back.  5As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.  6But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.  He has been raised; He is not here.  Look, there is the place they laid Him.  7But go, tell His disciples and Peter that He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see Him, just as He told you.”  8So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. (Mark 16:1-8 NRSV)

The stone has been rolled back.  The tomb is empty.  The Lord is Risen!  He is Risen, indeed!  What awesome words to hear!  Not only because of the love Jesus brings, but for the life He brings, too.  For with His rising, we also rise.  With His rising, our lives are saved; redemption and salvation are ours.  With His rising, our lives are changed.  Radically changed.  For love is now truly in us, through the Blood shed by Jesus on the Cross.   6“But [the young man] said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; He is not here.’” (Mark 16:6 NRSV)  What Good News for all God’s children!  Redemption through the Cross.  Salvation and life. New Life, through the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  What a wonderful gift!  Peter Rabbit and all the Easter bunnies and chicks in the world just can’t bring this type of gift.  But a Savior can.  Our Savior.  Our Messiah.  Our King.  Jesus Christ our Lord.  Resurrection blessings to you all.  From our Lord Jesus Christ.  The darkness of sin has gone.  The brightness of Resurrection is here.  The stone has been rolled back.  The tomb is empty.  Death has been destroyed.  The Lord is Risen!  He is Risen, indeed!  What awesome words to hear!

 

Happy Easter and Peace,

Pastor Bruce