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Week 36 Day 7
a pastor in the opening words of his sermon proclaimed
"we are an Easter people
who live in a Good Friday world"
what a proclamation
what a picture
we are an Easter people
rejoicing in the resurrection of Jesus
believing in the victory of life over death
affirming that in Jesus there is eternal life
life that is rich
yet our lord of life had no easy path to resurrection
it was a journey filled with temptations
facing the barriers of
we live in that world too
and in the midst of our Good Fridays
Jesus brings us new life
again and again
we are an Easter people
living with Jesus
in a Good Friday world
Good news from the graveyard: Jesus is risen!
1After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to
dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the
tomb. 2There was a great earthquake; for an angel of the
Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back
the stone from the door, and sat on it. 3His countenance
was like lightening, and his clothing as white as snow.
4The guards shook for fear, and became like dead men.
5But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid;
I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him."
8So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word. 9As they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, "Rejoice!" So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. 10Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me."
11While they were going, behold, some of the guard
came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the
things that had happened. 12When they had assembled
with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large
sum of money to the soldiers, 13saying, "Tell them, 'His
disciples came at night and stole Him away while we
slept.' 14And if this comes to the governor's ears, we
will appease him and make you secure." 15So they took
the money and did as they were instructed.
16Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee,
to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them.
17When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some
18Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.
This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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