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Easter Sunday, The Resurrection of the Lord April 17 - 23, 2022


On Easter Sunday we celebrate the bodily resurrection of Jesus. The same lowly Nazarene – he who was betrayed by his own disciple, who suffered under Pilate’s cruel gaze, who was crucified on a Roman cross, and who was buried in a borrowed tomb – the same Lord rose triumphantly on the third day. Jesus has risen from death to life through the power of God. “Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!”

THIS WEEK’S THEME He Is Not Here, Luke 24.1-12

Following Jesus’s crucifixion on the first day of the week, at early dawn, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James went to the tomb, bringing along the spices they had prepared. When they arrived they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. They went into the tomb, but did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. The women were frightened, and bowed their faces to the ground. The men spoke to them, saying, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” The women remembered these words of Jesus, returned to their party from the tomb, and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. The company of the disciples were skeptical of their testimony, as if it were an idle tale, and did not believe them. But on hearing it, Peter rose and ran to the tomb, and stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths that Jesus was wrapped in lying by themselves. Peter then went home, marveling at what had happened. On this first day of the week, at early dawn, those who traveled to the tomb were met with the greatest surprise and

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