Did any of Jesus disciples rest or sleep between Good Friday and Easter Day? We are not told but in their grief and perhaps for fear of their own lives their anxiety must have been high. Their friend, their leader, the miracle worker was dead, a gruesome death by crucifixion. We are told that Mary Magdalene and “the other” Mary were up and out at dawn to visit the tomb. Matthew 28.1-10 tells the story – there’s an earthquake, terrified guards and an angel with a message – “angel” means “messenger”. The angel tells them what to do next, encouraging them to first of all look inside the now empty tomb. The words “Come and see” are followed by “Go and tell”. Go and tell the disciples that Jesus has risen from the dead. On the way from the tomb Jesus actually, physically meets them. The message is confirmed.
Whatever our present doubts and present fears maybe the risen Jesus longs to meet us on our journey that we also may believe the life giving resurrection story for ourselves.
“Christ is risen” – “He is risen indeed, Alleluia!”
St. Mary’s Easter Newsletter can be found here
UCB have written an article called The Easter Bunny & The Cross
Collects for Easter Day
Lord of all life and power,
who through the mighty resurrection of your Son
overcame the old order of sin and death
to make all things new in him:
grant that we, being dead to sin
and alive to you in Jesus Christ,
may reign with him in glory;
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit
be praise and honour, glory and might,
now and in all eternity.
God of glory,
by the raising of your Son
you have broken the chains of death and hell:
fill your Church with faith and hope;
for a new day has dawned
and the way to life stands open
in our Saviour Jesus Christ.