Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in. She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying. “Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked her. “Because they have taken my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”
She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him. “Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?” She thought he was the gardener. “Sir,” she said, “if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.”
“Mary!” Jesus said. She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!” (which is Hebrew for “Teacher”).
“Don’t cling to me, “ Jesus said, “for I haven’t yet ascended to the Father. But go find my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene found the disciples and told them, “I have seen the Lord!” Then she gave them his message.
John 20:11-18 (NLT)
We celebrate this Jesus — the One who conquered death and rose again, the One who sees us and calls us by name, the One who meets us in our grief and hopelessness.
He is risen.
He is life.
He is with us.
Our message to others today is the same as Mary’s then: we have seen the Lord! May this bring comfort to our hearts, and may the power of the resurrection be evident in our lives, even now. We link arms with you, sisters, as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Because He lives, we have hope.
Beth Williams says
We have a hope like none other. One that this world desperately needs now. May we choose & share that hope with others so that they question us We need to live like Daniel in Babylon. Being obedient to both the world & God. Having such a great faith that it turns others to Christ.
Have a Blessed Easter Sunday!!
He is Risen! Hallelujah!
Dawn Ferguson-Little says
If it was not for the Cross. Were would we be today? God sent his only son to Die on that cross for us. For all Mankind. Oh what Love that was. So we that believe have hope. We know death is not the end. Especially when our saved loved one go before us to be with Jesus. We have that assurance. We will see them again plus see Jesus. So we have not lost all. Yes we might be sad we will not see our loved ones on earth any more. But we can rejoice we will see them again in Glory. So we that are saved have a hope that sir passes anything else. We could even think hope or ask for. God had his one and only son Jesus Die on that Cross at Clavary because he love us all so much. John 3 verse 16. Tell us that. “For God So Love The Whole World He Gave His Only Son So That Everyone Who Believes In Him Will Not Perish But Have Eternal Life”.That is so good to know. Thank you incourage for another excellent reading. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little
connie ker says
On my way to worship in person this morning, first time in over a year. Halleluia, He is Risen Indeed!
Jesus is Risen! Hallelujah! Happy Easter friends! ❤️
Nancy Kavanagh says
Happy and most Blessed Easter
Theresa Holly says
Happy and Blessed Easter to all. Stay safe