HOLY WEEK: EASTER SUNDAY

Easter Sunday

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women came to the tomb, bringing the spices they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb,but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead?  He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”  And they remembered His words, and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now they were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James; also the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles. But these words appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them.  But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he *saw the linen wrappings only; and he went away to his home, marveling at what had happened.

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come!

Luke 24:1-12; Revelation 21:5; 2 Corinthians 5:17

Easter Sunday Prayer: Halleluia!  All glory, praise and honor to You Most Glorious Lord Jesus!  You have risen from the grave, You have conquered sin and death, You have opened the gates to Heaven!  Halleluia!  All praise and honor to You Most Glorious Lord Jesus!

Christ is risen! Alleluia!

Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed! For, as Chesterton observed, “we have a God who knew the way out of the grave!

Christianity has died many times and risen again; for it had a God who knew the way out of the grave

G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man

For Chesterton, history began again at the Cross. His entire theme for The Everlasting Man is based on this premise. He contended that to see history properly, it had to be seen through the eyes of the Church and to see her properly one had to back up from the petty view of how the Church only affected the individual and “to see the Church in all its startling beauty and unexpected truth” (Ahlquist), to see it not from the horizon, but from the sky, from the view of God. Christianity has done more than survive the centuries, it has died many times, been corrected of its failures and risen again, with new fervor, new strength, new conviction as she awaits her beloved bridegroom’s promised return. As she eagerly waits, her faithful members, one by one, die and rise to be with the Lord till all things are gathered into the Kingdom. Death has been defeated!

When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come to pass: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O Death, is your victory? Where, O Death, is your sting?”

1 Corinthians 15:54-55

Chesterton believed Christ when He said in Revelation that He was “making all things new” – a new earth, a new heavens, we as new men – a new creation. Everything about Christianity was about taking the old, the failed, the fallen, the dead, and making it new again. Chesterton once observed upon the point of 2 Corinthians 5:17 and John 3:3 that “The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.” And so in this newness of spirit we are to go out as those who saw the tomb of Christ and the stone rolled away and proclaim to all that death has been defeated, sin has been defeated. That hope is for all who listen and change. Christ has risen and the Kingdom is coming! Hallelujah!

The first day of a new creation

“On the third day the friends of Christ coming at daybreak to the place found the grave empty and the stone rolled away. In varying ways they realized the new wonder; but even they hardly realized that the world had died in the night. What they were looking at was the first day of a new creation, with a new heaven and a new earth; and in a semblance of the gardener God walked again in the garden, in the cool not of the evening but the dawn.”

-G.K. Chesterton, On the man Called Christ, The Strangest Story in the World, The Everlasting Man, 1926

HE IS RISEN!  

HE IS RISEN INDEED!

Christ’s Tomb, Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

Image source: Gates of Heaven, Porfirio Domingues [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons  | Jesus tomb, Holy Sepulchre, National Geographic 

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.…

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