Easter Sunday - Resurrection Day
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 28:1-15
28 Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb.
2 Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. 3 His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. 4 The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint.
5 Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. 7 And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.”
8 The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to give the disciples the angel’s message. 9 And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Go tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there.”
11 As the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and told the leading priests what had happened. 12 A meeting with the elders was called, and they decided to give the soldiers a large bribe. 13 They told the soldiers, “You must say, ‘Jesus’ disciples came during the night while we were sleeping, and they stole his body.’ 14 If the governor hears about it, we’ll stand up for you so you won’t get in trouble.” 15 So the guards accepted the bribe and said what they were told to say. Their story spread widely among the Jews, and they still tell it today.
SCRIPTURE: Romans 6:8-10
8 And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. 9 We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. 10 When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God.
Reader: “This is the glorious word of the Lord."
Response: “The best news ever announced!”
Thank you all for this journey through the Lenten season concluding with the Resurrection. It’s my prayer that through seeing how the Old and New Testaments are so intricately telling the unfolding of God’s story, we’ll all have a greater understanding, love, and relationship with the Triune God we worship. But remember, there is so much more. God’s story has not ended. Forty days later Jesus ascended to His Father in heaven in a glorified physical body where He sits and His Father’s right hand interceding on our behalf. The story is continuing even now and we are in it. At a time known only to the Father, Jesus will return to bring to final completion and restoration of the entire created order. The greatest story ever told will continue forever and we’ll be living characters in it. He will establish His Kingdom and He will reign forever and ever…and we’ll be there!
-Dr. Daniel Sharp
MUSIC: "I Know that My Redeemer Liveth” from Messiah Part III, by Sylvia McNair
"Hallelujah Chorus" from Messiah, with Atlanta Symphony Chamber Chorus with Robert
"Complete Messiah" by Cambridge Choir, Kings College
Eerdman’s Book of Famous Prayers, ed. Veronica Zundal, Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, MI
A Diary of Private Prayer, John Baillie, Charles Scribners Sons, New York, NY
The Quiet Corner, ed. Sherwood Wirt, Fleming Revell, Westwood, NJ
Lift My Spirits Lord, Jeffery Bryan Leech, Augsburg, Minneapolis, MN
The Pursuit of God, A.W. Tozer, Christian Publications, Harrisburg, PA
Peter Marshall’s Lasting Prayers, Droke House Publishers, Inc. Anderson, SC
The Worship Sourcebook, ed. Emily Brink & John Witvliet, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Faith Alive Christian Resources, and Baker Books, Grand Rapids, MI
The Oxford Book of Prayer, ed. George Appleton, Oxford University Press, London, England
The Book of Common Prayer (1928), The Seabury Press, NY
The New Living Translation, Tyndale House Pub. Carol Stream, IL (Scripture translation used)
Just a reminder, watch on our church website, fpco.org around the latter part of November 2017 for information regarding the Advent-Epiphany Devotional. You will need to re-subscribe if you are interested. It will be all new material.
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