Reflection for Easter 21st April 2019

"Why seek ye the living among the dead. He is not here, He has risen"

Many years ago while on holiday we decided to go, on Easter Sunday, to a small chapel in the village where we were staying. The only memory now was of the text of the sermon given by the elderly preacher, "Why seek ye the living among the dead. He is not here, He has risen".

This is what the women were confronted with as they went to the tomb of Jesus early on that first Easter Day, by two angels, as the women took spices and perfume that they had prepared to anoint the body of Jesus. His body was not there, only the remains of His earthly life, his grave clothes.

With surprise, but joyful, the women hurried to tell the others, who ran to the tomb to confirm the news.
Jesus appeared several times following His resurrection, but was not immediately recognised in His new body.

These wonderful events are vital to our Christian faith. The Bible tells us that, "He who lives and believes in me will never die". We can know this resurrection too if we believe, to live with Him and with others who have gone before.

Let us celebrate together on this wonderful Easter Day.

'Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, all fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living just because He lives.'

Angela Burrell