Pastor’s Message April

 emptyMatthew 28:6–8 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.

A survey asked people to list what they considered to be the most important events in the history of the world. Responses included items like the invention of steel, the impact of Islam, the Black Death of the 14th century, the conquest of the Americas, and the Industrial Revolution. Finding its way onto the list, but hardly in a prominent position, were references to Jesus Christ: his birth, death, and resurrection.

News about people and their inventions and discoveries is historically important, but there isn’t any more important news than that Jesus rose from the dead.  This is news that the angel announced to the women who came looking to anoint Jesus’ body. And he could back up his claim with evidence. The angel invited the women to inspect the tomb and see that it was indeed empty. Then the angel instructed the women to go and tell the disciples that Christ was alive and that he would meet them in Galilee.

“Come and see” and “go … and tell” remain the Easter imperatives. While it is not possible for us to gaze into the empty tomb, we can peer into the pages of Holy Scripture and see that Jesus did rise from the dead. From Old Testament books that prophesied the Lord’s resurrection to New Testament books that document the fulfillment of those prophecies, Scripture is clear that Jesus lived, died, and rose for the sins of all people – including you.

But if Jesus lived, died, and rose for the sins of the world, that means the world needs to hear this message. That’s where the angel’s instruction, “go … and tell,” enters the picture. The Christian church has no more important message to share with the world than Christ crucified and Christ arisen. You have no more important message to share with your friends, relatives, neighbors, and co-workers than Christ crucified and Christ arisen.

After the women’s visit with an angel and seeing an empty tomb, it was understandable that their hearts were filled with fear and joy. They ran to share with others the news of that empty tomb. It’s an example worth following.

He has risen!  He has risen indeed!