Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Sunday

Be Still:  Dear Father, Jesus is alive!  Just as He said, just as You planned, Jesus is alive!  And in His resurrection our salvation is secured.  We praise You, Father!  We praise You, Jesus!  We praise You, Holy Spirit!  All glory and honor to You this Easter day and always!  In the name of our Risen Savior, Jesus, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, Amen

Be Strengthened:  Matthew 28:1-10
1After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
2There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
5The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."
8So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."

Be Stretched:  “Come and see…Then go quickly”.  The angel’s words to the women are for us as well.  What is your response to the call to both Come and Go?  Are you ready to accept Jesus’ invitation to life and joy?  Are you willing to go quickly and share this good news?  If you have never accepted our Risen Savior’s invitation, today is the day!  Greet the Messiah, Jesus Christ!  Be confident that our death-conquering Lord will be with you as you receive Him, and will remain with you from this day on, sending you out to share Him with those who have yet to hear!

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