Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter 2013

Matthew 16:24-28 :

     "Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.

“Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.""

Good news guys.
The tomb is still empty.
Jesus, the man, and Jesus our Lord was dead.
But now he’s not.
He suffered brutal asphyxiation, he was mocked and insulted by thousands, he cried tears of blood, he hung there naked, and seemingly helpless.
As he breathed his last painful breath, gasping for air, our sins, our fears, and our own death breathed their last too.
The tomb is still empty.
He is risen.
Our fears did not rise with him. They lie dead and condemned.
Jesus is alive. Now.
His reign has begun.
He has gone to the father for a little while, but he is coming back again!
We have not tasted death, but we have seen the Son of Man come into his kingdom.