Sunday, March 25
Easter Sunday – The Resurrection of the Lord
John 20: 1 – 9
On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put him.”
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter
and arrived at the tomb first;
he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,
and the cloth that had covered his head,
not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.
Then the other disciple also went in,
the one who had arrived at the tomb first,
and he saw and believed.
For they did not yet understand the Scripture
that he had to rise from the dead.
The Lord has Risen!! Let us rejoice and be glad. No fooling! Easter may have fallen on April 1 this year, but the Resurrection is certainly not an April Fool’s Day joke. The tomb is empty. Christ is risen, and life can never be the same again. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ was anything but a prank. It’s a truth that we need in a world where so much is not funny.
The Resurrection was the turning point of human history and is the basis of our Christian Faith. It completed the work of man’s salvation and redemption by which “the gates of Heaven,” closed since the sin of Adam, were again opened. The Passion, death, and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus constitute the most momentous events in the history of the world.
Have you ever stopped to think about where your life would be as a follower of Christ if Jesus had not been raised from the dead? Well, St. Paul summed it all up when he stated: “if Christ has not been raised, then empty is our preaching; empty, too, your faith…and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain; you are still in your sins.”
We are made alive in Jesus. That’s no joke. It’s the great news that we get to share with the world all around us. God has provided for our eternity in Jesus. Today, let us be like the Beloved Disciple who “saw and believed.”
Have a very happy and blessed Easter for the Lord has Risen!!
Deacon Paul Zemanek