5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7 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.” 8 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”
3 He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.
3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me….
….13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain….
….19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep….
I Corinthians 15:3-8, 13-14, 19-20
This Resurrection Day is going to be quite different from ones in the past. No Easter Service AT church, just online. No shaking of hands and encouraging each other with the words “He is risen!”
So I decided to copy/paste the following from an Easter post I wrote back in 2007.
First, it would be easy to summarize it into something like this:
To me, Easter means that there is Hope in this world.
But it means so much more. It means I can get up every morning and go to work, knowing that I am accomplishing something for God. Whether I see that accomplishment or not, that’s not up to me.
It means that I’ll spend time and money on people and for people. And not just those who make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside either 🙂
It means that my feelings don’t have a final say in determining how things actually are. I can be happy. That statement alone is worth so much in my opinion.
It means that this world is not a forsaken hellhole populated by scum. Jesus rose for EVERYONE and it behooves me to act like it more often.
It means that being pessimistic is just a choice, not a reality. Even with that choice, it’s just for the short term. ‘Cause the good guys win in this story.
It means that God cares enough about me so that I don’t need to worry about the path my life is taking. As long as I’m trusting Him, He’ll see that I’m on the correct one and I don’t make any wrong turns.
Finally, it means that there is Hope, Peace and Love. That is no small thing!
~Ryusoma aka Ged aka Bookstooge aka Me
(I’ve had a lot of online monnikers through the years)
God bless you all.