Easter Sunday 4.4.21

Easter Sunday 4th April

He has risen!

He has risen indeed!

Today we celebrate Jesus rising from the dead. He has conquered death and calls us to everlasting life in him.

Pray – As you settle yourself, pray that you will truly know the joy of new life in Jesus………..

Bible Reading

John 20:1-18

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!’

So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped round Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, ‘Woman, why are you crying?’

‘They have taken my Lord away,’ she said, ‘and I don’t know where they have put him.’ 14 At this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realise that it was Jesus.

15 He asked her, ‘Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?’

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.’

16 Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.’

She turned towards him and cried out in Aramaic, ‘Rabboni!’ (which means ‘Teacher’).

17 Jesus said, ‘Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”’

18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: ‘I have seen the Lord!’ And she told them that he had said these things to her.


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Reflection

We were gathered in the upper room again, trying to make sense of it all and think of what we should do now he’d gone. All our plans over, 3 years! And for what? I just can’t get my head around it.

Then the door was flung open, Mary (the one from Magdala) and some of the other women burst in, all talking together. Finally I go them to calm down, “I’ve seen the Lord!” exclaimed Mary, “I’ve seen him with my own eyes! He’s Alive!” None of us could believe what we were hearing. The women all excited started talking all at once – telling tales of fantastic sights. The he stone across Jesus’ tomb rolled away! Men in dazzling white, angels, proclaiming that he was risen. A gardener who wasn’t, he was Jesus himself, back from the dead!

Was it really possible? even with all the miracles we’d seen and what he’d told us over the last 3 years? Just as we’d all lost hope- could it really be true? Has he risen again?

Mary was still gabbling on, but now we were listening, our eyes getting bigger the more she said, “And then he spoke my name – ‘Mary’. I’d recognise that voice anywhere. I looked into his eyes – it was him, I know it was! I don’t know why I didn’t see it at first! Those wise, twinkling eyes, his smile and gentle laugh. Oh! The joy I felt welling up inside of me. I went to hug him, but he told me not to because he hadn’t ascended to the Father yet. But I was to come and tell you all everything I’d seen. So, here I am telling you…”

My head was spinning! Jesus! Alive! Oh! I just want to see him again, there’s so much I want to say to him, “sorry!” to start with.

 

Read  the Bible passage once more – be still and wonder at the resurrection and let the joy that Jesus brings wash over you……….

Pray – that the joy of Easter will become a deeper reality in your life, and that we will have courage to face the future confident in the fact that neither death nor life nor anything in all creation can separate us from God’s love………………

Alleluia! Christ is risen! May I find in Christ Jesus, our risen Lord, a companion for my journey, a sure foundation for my hopes, the peace that passes understanding, and the joy that is life eternal. May Christ who brings new hope and a new future out of defeat fill me with his new life and may I know his blessing this day and always. Amen

 

Acknowledgements

These reflections have been adapted from Rev Dave Hover and Rev Jo Hover. St Andrew’s Church, Leicester Forest East