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Easter Sunday “He Is Arisen”

 

John 20:1-9 New American Bible

John 20:1-9 Bible Gateway NIV

         

This is Easter Sunday.  Today is the perfect time to dedicate yourself to God.  This is a day of great rejoicing.  Today is the day that Jesus arose from the dead.  Mary Magdalene went to the tomb.  When she got there, she saw that the huge stone had been rolled away from the doorway.  She ran to tell Peter and John that Jesus was gone.  She thought someone had stolen his body.  John ran faster than Peter and got to the tomb first.  He saw that the cloths that had covered Jesus were laying there, but Jesus was not.  He was afraid to go in.  When Peter finally got there, he went in and looked all around.  But Jesus was truly gone.  They did not understand what had happened.  They didn’t know that Jesus had arisen from the dead. 

This is a day to be thankful for everything you have.  It’s a day to rejoice for being you.  It’s a day to thank God for the new agreement, the new covenant, that means you can be forgiven of your sins.  Jesus died on the cross as the ultimate sacrifice so that you can be forgiven of your sins.  Because your sins are forgiven, you will be able to enter the holy kingdom of heaven.  You will be able to sit on the lap of God the Father.  You will finally see what you have searched for all of your life.  

You don’t know when your time to go to heaven will be.  None of us do.  But you can do your best to make sure you are ready.  Decorate your Easter egg as a sign of your new dedication of your life to God.  What will you put inside your egg?  Love, Forgiveness, Peace, Knowledge, Humor, Cooking, Drawing, Learning, Running, Singing, Caring for others, etc…Draw an egg and put inside it all the gifts you will return to God.                              

Here are links that you might like to check out.

 (scriptural Passion and Easter reading and interpretation) http://www.entourages.com/barbs/Easter.htm

(scroll down and click on the 4th “Celebrate Jesus Celebrate” speaker symbol) http://www.higherpraise.com/MusicMidiC.htm

 

Say the “Our Father.” Thank God for helping you forgive others and to forgive yourself.  Each time you forgive and ask to be forgiven you get a little closer to him.     

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”

              

 

 

Copyright © 2004 Joan Y. Edwards