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# Happy Resurrection Day
Over two years passed by sine the so-called ‘Pandemic’ hit the world; you and I experienced so much repression, robbing of our freedom and even our right to come together and worship the Lord.
This year we have a different ‘Pandemic’ – the media is bombarding us day and night with ‘news’ about the Ukraine and what is happening there; amazingly the matter with the CORONA-19 has nearly disappeared from the news!
And we, those who believe in Jesus and His Resurrection, what do we have in mind? Are we STILL lied to and deceived by the world and its propaganda, or concentrating our attention on what the Word of God is saying?
On the so-called Lazarus Saturday, we not only remember what the Lord did and REVEALED to us that He is the Resurrection, but also what is written in the Gospel of Luke 19:41 when Jesus approached Jerusalem” And when He was come near, He beheld the city, and wept over it” – many celebrate it as ‘Flevit super illam’ (He wept over it).
Palm Sunday was different, as written “On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet Him, and cried, “Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord”
John 12:12-13 – they treated Him, through what they were doing, as a King, in fulfillment of
Good Friday tells us a lot; sinful man rejected the Saviour of the world, and He was handed to pagans to judge Him – He, the Saviour, but also the Judge of the world when He comes again in glory!
It is GOOD, because good is equivalent to HOLY AND it is good because the price for our sin was paid and through His death Jesus conquered death once and for all.
The silent Saturday is a mystery and through history many raised questions about it; what was happening in heaven? And here on earth what was going on in the mind of the disciples? And Marry the mother of Jesus? If there was NO Resurrection, then there won’t be Second Coming and the evil one, and evil would’ve triumphed BUT it was still Saturday!
“Saturday was the day that God Himself lay cold in the grave. Friday was death, Sunday was hope, but Saturday was that seemingly ignored middle day between them when God occupied a dirty grave in a little garden outside Jerusalem. Saturday is about waiting, about uncertainty, about not knowing what’ll
happen” Martin Luther said, adding “It is ambiguity; it’s about, as one theologian put it, ‘muddling through’ when the future isn’t clear”
But Resurrection Sunday was different “He is NOT here, but has risen…” – there is certainty and assurance in this statement; everything was clear “Remember how He told you, while He was still in Galilee?” – was that an assuring or challenging question?
What about you, Preacher? What are YOU going to tell people when you stand in the street and declare ‘Jesus is Lord; He is RISEN!’ and they challenge you?
On Resurrection Sunday (Or Easter as many call it) we KNOW from Scripture what HAPPENED, and we celebrate with our families either home or in the Church the Resurrection of Jesus; in the world we do not only have tribulations, but also millions of people who do not know anything about these facts!
Yes, we want to be with Christ (Who doesn’t want to be with Him, looking at the world current situation?) and want to see our Saviour in His glory, forget the world and its misery. But we are laborers in the fields, active in the Market Place, made to be Fishers of men and equipped by the Lord Himself for ‘Good works’
I know, many might think, God often invites us to meet Him in the thick darkness of life’s cares and our griefs or fears. He may answer our questions with silence and troubling mystery, which could perplex us but it’s worth remembering how much God spoke to Moses, in these moments, so much so that the glory of the Lord’s Presence even rubbed off on Moses’ face.
Also let’s not forget that Mary was waiting in a graveyard, waiting in the silence, and she was the first to meet a Resurrected Jesus; stepping into the gloom and waiting in the silence for God is frightening, but it’s also often where He meets us most intimately.
‘HE IS RISEN’ – what a shocking and terrifying statement, that must have been to the devil, who was thinking ‘Jesus is finished!” – let the Power of His Resurrection touch and transform you, to be changed ‘…from glory to glory, as by the Spirit of the Lord…’. Do NOT stay standing at the grave, but MOVE further as the two disciples from Emmaus did; yes, in the beginning they did not understand, but it was the Resurrected Lord Who opened their eyes.
As a Ministry, and as family, we wish all of you a happy and blessed Resurrection Sunday; may you be filled daily by His Spirit, guided and used for His Glory. Don’t be deceived, don’t let your heart be troubled, but be ready for His Second Coming – ‘Indeed He is risen!’ hallelujah…
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