Musing from the Pastors

The Risen Christ…

Matthew 28:2-10 New Living Translation (NLT)

The Resurrection: Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb with spices they had prepared. The Sabbath was now over and they were coming to complete their task for the One they Loved.

“Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint.

Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.” The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to give the disciples the angel’s message. And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshiped him.”

That Easter morning we know that the Women went to finish the burial rites for Jesus which had been prepared for him just before the Sabbath. As they arrived at the tomb they were taken by surprise. Earthquakes, angels shining like lightning, clothing as white as snow must have scared the living daylights out of them. Perhaps in the midst of their fear they also may have experienced astonishment. But when all was said and done they received the good news with GREAT JOY, their lives now changed for ever in the living Lord. Running to tell the others that they had seen the Lord, even touched him, must have been humbling and reassuring.

The truth in the Messiah, Jesus the Christ, was true! He LIVES!

We too can celebrate the truth in Jesus Christ. It is the gift that we have received in his death and resurrection. It is our touchstone and guidance as we experience first hand the in breaking of God’s grace into our very personal lives and especially the world’s as well. We can be grateful to have a loving God who brings us hope, faithfulness and belief so that in the brokenness of the relationships in our lives we know they can be healed. As we watch choices being made around the world which are causing pain, fear and death, we know and fully believe that the Holy Spirit is at work in all of this for our good and the good of the kingdom. There is nothing so great that can separate us now from the love we have come to know in Christ Jesus our Lord. And the power of the Spirit to bring light into the darkness essential!

So let’s go forth sharing this good news of God’s son, risen from the dead, with all those we meet. Let’s share profound love, forgiveness, compassion, honesty, kindness, and generosity with our neighbor and with those who are unloved and unlovely. Let’s listen to others so that they feel heard and embraced. Let’s pray for God’s will to be done for all as we step forward to make a difference in the world through the promises now won for us.

May the love you have come to know in the Risen Christ empower and encourage you every day of your lives.

Alleluia, He is Risen!

Pastor Susan