A great week preparing for Easter (as the paper comes to press there are still several Holy Week night and day events to join in on before Easter- I hope you will be able to participate in some).
This coming Sunday marks one of the great days and in my thinking, when tied to Good Friday the greatest day of the Christian calendar. As I have remarked often, Christmas without Easter is just a birthday celebration. And even Good Friday without Easter is another guy crucified. But the resurrection changes everything.
The Gospel of Matthew shares with us the story of that day so long ago, yet a day that makes today much different by far than it would have been without it. So I leave us to ponder the text on our own to see what impact it has for us as we go into this Easter Sunday. The story doesn’t change from year to year but how it can change us makes it worth the reading.
Matthew 8:1 “Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. 2, And behold, there 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. 3, His countenance was like lightning and his clothing as white as snow. 4, And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.
“5, But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6, He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7, And 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. Behold, I have told you.”
“8, So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word. 9, And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. 10, Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.””
I pray that for each of us we find that the empty tomb surprises us in new ways and that we will find our way to our own ‘Galilee’ to meet Jesus. That we will find that place of worship fresh and anew in our own lives. For as the words of the angel were true then so they are still true today. He is Risen from the dead!
Come and join us for services this Easter to hear what the resurrection might do to change your life.
Come encounter a risen Lord, a Risen Jesus, the living God of our Universe. The one who gives hope for eternity. First service on Easter morning as a community service is at Edzell Castle at 7 a.m. then at each church as scheduled. Check around for a poster showing all service times.
Loving Easter and all it truly means,
Rev. Jon Bergen