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photo and graphic: Martha G. Brady

 

The celebration of Easter has gotten way off track.

We think of Easter eggs and baskets

Spring and flowers.

A new outfit.

Oh yes, and Spring Break!

If we can fit it all in…

 

We go to church.

In all the flurry of activity

Even the extra church activity…

We sit there and think

Now why did we have the cantata

The Sunrise Service, the Maundy Thursday Communion

And whatever other services we had?

Oh yes, Jesus rose from the dead.

Oh yes, Jesus rose from the dead. In all the rush, we sometimes want to say, Big deal. Click To TweetIn all the rush, we sometimes want to say, “Big deal.”

But it really is a big deal!

Paul talked about in I Corinthians 15:12-28.

When he said that if Jesus had not been raised from the dead,

We would still be in our sin!

But goes on to give the good news that He did indeed rise from the dead!

But it really is a big deal! I Corinthians 15:12-28 says that if Jesus was not raised from the dead, We would still be in our sin! Click To Tweet

It was a very big deal!

The biggest deal of all.        stop

Yes, Jesus died on the cross.

The Great Exchange took place.

His record of living a perfect life on earth for 33 years

In exchange for our crappy records of not doing that!

 

He carried all our crappy records on His body when He died for us on the cross

As a sacrifice for sin.

Blood had to be shed to pay for sin.

He was the only one who could pay for an infinite number of sins.

But without the Resurrection, we wouldn’t know Jesus won the victory over sin and death!

 

Think of the loss the disciples felt after Jesus died on Good Friday.

All the hopes they had for kingdom were dashed!

I can’t even imagine their complete and utter hopelessness

As they went through the motions of  Sabbath.

 

But early Sunday morning, when the women went to anoint Jesus’ body…

They found that He was gone from the tomb.

The idea that He was alive was the furthest thing from their minds until…

He appeared to them in person!

 

A few here.

Some more there.

A group over there.

Soon they were all rejoicing together saying, He's Alive! Click To Tweet

Soon they were all rejoicing together saying, “He’s Alive!”

“Hallelujah!”

Let’s join them this Easter.

 

This is an oldish (late 70’s) song written from Peter’s perspective. I love it!
It draws on some of Peter’s emotion. Please forgive the lily white Jesus and disciples.

 

HE’S ALIVE

The gates and doors were barred and all the windows fastened down,
I spent the night in sleeplessness and rose at every sound,
Half in hopeless sorrow half in fear the day,
Would find the soldiers crashing through to drag us all away.
Then just before the sunrise I heard something at the wall,
The gate began to rattle and a voice began to call,
I hurried to the window and looked down to the street,
Expecting swords and torches and the sound of soldiers feet,

There was no one there but Mary so I went down to let her in,
John stood there beside me as she told us were she’d been,
She said they moved him in the night and none of us knows where,
The stones been rolled away and now his body isn’t there.
We both ran toward the garden then John ran on ahead,
We found the stone and the empty tomb just the way that Mary said,
But the winding sheet they wrapped him in was just an empty shell,
And how or where they’d taken him was more than I could tell.

Something strange had happened there but what I did not know,
John believed a miracle but I just turned to go,
Circumstance and speculation couldn’t lift me very high,
Cause I’d seen them crucify him and then I’d watched him die,
Back inside the house again all the guilt and anguish came,
Everything I’d promised him just added to my shame,
But at last it came to choices I denied I knew his name,
Even If he was alive it wouldn’t be the same.

But suddenly the air was filled with a strange and sweet perfume,
Light that came from everywhere drove shadows from the room,
Jesus stood before me with his arms held open wide,
And I fell down on my knees and clung to him and cried,
He raised me to my feet and as I looked into his eyes,
Love was shining out from him like sunlight from the sky,
Guilt and my confusion disappeared in sweet release,
And every fear I’d ever had just melted into peace.

He’s alive, He’s alive, He’s alive and I’m forgiven,
Heavens gates are open wide.
He’s alive, He’s alive, He’s alive and I’m forgiven,
Heavens gates are open wide.
He’s alive, He’s alive, He’s alive and I’m forgiven,
Heavens gates are open wide.

He’s alive!

Don Francisco