Jesus Has Risen
28 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
2 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.3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 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.”
8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
What Easter Means to Me
Easter for me means spending time with my church family, not just my immediate family, as we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Today is resurrection Sunday, the day Jesus came back to life, defying death and bringing hope to the world. After a very triumphant Morning service at church, I spent the afternoon in the company of those of us here for Easter at the hostel. It was one of those days that reminded me of how important my faith is in my everyday life and how it affects the relationships I have. As my pastor put it this morning, I am a part of a community of believers and we come together because of “common unity”, to encourage one another and live life with each other. Because of my faith I get to journey through life with the support of a multi-generational community that I wouldn’t find anywhere outside of my faith, excluding my family. All because I believe that Jesus died for my sins, and I choose to follow in his footsteps.
What does Easter mean to you?