Christian Author: Nancy W. Boyer

Easter Sunday and Christ is Risen Indeed!

The empty tomb

To understand that something can die and then return to life again is hard for most people to grasp.  We hear of near death experiences when one sees a light…goes toward the light…feels a wonderful sense of peace…and doesn’t want to return.    That is exactly how I want it to happen when I take my last breath.

Mary Magdalene had a difficult time with this also.  She went to the tomb and stood there crying because someone had stolen the body of her beloved Jesus.  Even though Jesus had talked about destroying the temple and raising it up again in three days, she did not understand the meaning.   We all have heard that our body is the “temple of the Holy Spirit” and we should be careful how we treat it.   Yes, Jesus was referring to His own body and it took some convincing.

“For example, in Luke’s gospel Jesus told his disciples to touch him, asking whether a ghost has hands and feet, as he has, and then proceeded to eat a fish in front of them.

In John’s gospel ‘doubting’ Thomas was invited by Jesus to put his finger on Jesus’ hand where the nails had been, and put his hand in Jesus’ side which had been pierced.

In Matthew, Jesus met his disciples and they touched his feet. And yet, despite this stress on the material body of Jesus as ‘proof’ of his resurrected identity, on several occasions — on the beach at daybreak and on the Emmaus Road, for example — the men and women disciples did not recognize him.

In the account of the resurrected Jesus’ appearance to Mary Magdalene, in John’s Gospel, Jesus instructed Mary not to hold onto Him because He had not yet ascended to the Father.”

All of these events remind us of how physical in nature we are to our beliefs.  Jesus never criticized them or scolded them (or us)  for having tiny faith.    He understands  that we are human and have frailties.  In fact, as tiny as a mustard seed may be, we are reminded that is all the faith we need.

I think His followers  were in shock.   It took a while for the excitement of Easter to be realized.   I am glad that they were much like we are today.  In the resurrection, there is no more sadness and mourning for the crucified Christ, but extreme happiness and joy that we now have a risen Savior.

Without the resurrection, we would have a dead Christ.     If Christ is risen and He asked His Father in Heaven to allow us to be with Him (prayer before the crucifixion)…then we have the glorious hope of our own resurrection day.

HALLELUJAH

The Heavenly Chorus will be in all languages!     Handel’s Messiah

Conductor: Chai  Hoon Cha in Seoul, Korea

King of kings, and Lord of lords,
King of kings, and Lord of lords,
And Lord of lords,
And He shall reign,
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings, forever and ever,
And Lord of lords,
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah!

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