After the unthinkable happened, after their teacher and leader had been arrested and brutally executed, after betrayal and fear made so many run away to hide, when it seemed as though all was lost, some women get up at dawn on the first day of the week. They decide to go and see Jesus’ tomb, perhaps to mourn, perhaps to wash and anoint his broken body in an effort to give him the respect and compassion so absent that horrible Friday afternoon.
When they arrive, they are greeted with a startling discovery: an angelic visitor is sitting on top of the stone that is supposed to be blocking the entrance of the now open tomb. This visitor has a message for the women to hear and share: the tomb is empty because Jesus who was crucified has been raised as he said, and you will get to see him in Galilee.
Christ is Risen
On Easter Sunday, we encounter the shock, amazement, confusion, fear, and awe of that first Easter morning. What does it mean that God’s love can bring forth life in a world filled with violence and death? What does it mean that when everything seems over, dead, and buried, hope can spring up? How do we respond when the heavy stones that obstruct our path are rolled away? What do we do and what do we do differently in the light of Christ’s resurrection? Just what does God’s life-giving, grave-shattering Spirit make possible in our world today?
Come and see!