“The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay (Matthew 28:5-6).'”
Easter Sunday is the day that gives meaning to life! Jesus Christ has won victory over sin and death. After the horror of the crucifixion and the uncertainty of His dying, Jesus rises from the grave and gives hope to all who believe in Him.
The angel meets the women who are on the way to the tomb and delivers the message not to be afraid. Filled with confidence they arrive at the tomb and find it empty and void of the body of Jesus, but they are reminded of the promises of Christ and are overcome with joy as they learn from the Messenger of God that Jesus has been raised as He said.
In faith we gathered at the tomb on Easter morning in 2017 filled with joy and encountered the truth of our faith; namely, Jesus Christ is Lord! Whether we go to Church one day out of the year or everyday, the truth is before our hearts that the powerful love of Jesus Christ could not even be contained in the stone cold tomb by death.
In the light of such an awesome event, Christians throughout the world should be on their knees praising the Lord with uplifted hands in gratitude for the gift of eternal life that has been purchased for us by Jesus Christ. If every Christian understood the magnitude of Christ’s victory over sin and death we would pray everyday, go to church every opportunity we had, and lovingly serve every person we encountered.
The sad truth is many Christians living in our communities throughout South-central Minnesota are “party poopers” (people who are too lazy or disinterested or preoccupied to give acknowledgement to Jesus Christ for the gift of new life they have received in baptism) and these baptized men, women, and children are going to miss out on the greatest part ever held, i.e. heaven.
During the upcoming 50 days of Easter, don’t be a “party pooper,” rather find yourself active, interested, and open to prayer, praise, and thanksgiving to Jesus Christ for the great gift of eternal life He won for us.
As they say on Easter Sunday in most of the Christian world with a shout of joy and a kiss on the cheek,
“Khristos Anesti! Alithos Anesti!” (Greek) or
“Christus resurrexit! Resurrexit vere!” (Latin) or
“Cristo ha resucitado! En verdad ha resucitado!” (Spanish) or
“Christ is risen! Truly, He is risen!” (English).