Alleluia Christ is risen!

April 20, 2014

Matthew 28:1-10

 

The Resurrection

 

Now after the Sabbath, towards the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he[a] lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshipped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

 

The sermon started with egg rolling, sorry no it started with children rolling down the aisle because we have no hill in the church.

 

What have eggs got to do with Easter?

 

Well they signify the stone rolling away from the tomb of Jesus and the new hope that Jesus’ resurrection brings to all.

 

Emma reflected on how new things always feel good and hopeful and exciting, if a little bit scary; A new Job, a new baby, a new dvd still in its wrapper.

 

How Eater is a rollercoaster of a ride with our emotions as Jesus is proclaimed King with cries of Hosanna on “Palm Sunday” and then we here the same people cry “crucify him” before pilate, and finally we shout joyful shouts of alleluia on Easter Sunday as Jesus is risen.

 

The shining angel proclaims “Our saviour has risen from the dead”

 

The news may be scary but we are told;

 

“Do not be afraid but go and tell”

 

St Paul tells us we are made new in Jesus. Do not be afraid of what is new. In new there is promise, there is joy, and there is hope. In Easter Sunday there is promise, joy and hope in a new life in Jesus Christ.

 

Live – Share – go and tell.

 

Alleluia Christ is risen

He is risen indeed!

 

Amen

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