Sermon Note by Jo Reimer
Pilate gave the order to seal Jesus' tomb and to station a guard there to ensure that no one broke in and stole his body.
After the Sabbath and after Passover two women named Mary, followers of Jesus, went to the place of burial and found the tomb empty, the stone rolled back from the entrance. Angels appeared to them and told them that Jesus had risen from the dead as he had predicted They saw the place where his body had been laid, now empty except for strips of the burial linens.
|This is said to be the place in the tomb where Jesus' body was laid.|
Later that day and in the weeks following Jesus appeared to many people, walking and eating with them, and they came to understand the Scriptures, that which was written centuries before, that the Son of God, the Messiah, would come to earth, be crucified and be buried, and rise to live again, paying the penalty for the sinfulness of all who believe.
Although Jesus had told his followers about the events that would happen both before and after his death they did not understand. How can a man die and then live again? But now here was Jesus, walking and talking, in the flesh, and they understood and believed.
Many people witnessed these events as Jesus appeared to individuals and to crowds in the weeks following his death and resurrection.
This is why we celebrate Easter, not as a rite of spring, or a time for new clothes and hunting for colored eggs, but because of God's great sacrifice for all of earth's people.
I hope today will be joyful as you celebrate with family and friends.