A Day Like No Other
EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 4 | JOHN 20:1-10
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb. John 20:1
Perhaps in church this morning you will greet one another with these words: “Christ is risen!” And the response might be “He is risen indeed!” We join centuries of Christians in marking this day as the day that changed everything. We celebrate the amazing truth that although Jesus was dead, he’s now alive forevermore. Christ Jesus rose victorious over death. He is risen!
It’s interesting to notice how John, the gospel writer, anchors
the resurrection event to a day, a time, and a witness. On a particular day in history, early in the morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene saw that the stone had been moved away from Jesus’ tomb. John wants to be clear. The resurrection of Jesus happened on earth’s soil, in our time, for the benefit of us humans whom God created and loves. Because Jesus arose, life for us is forever anchored in good news.
Christ’s resurrection gloriously demonstrates that God’s sovereign love has the last word. As a glorious hymn puts it, “No power of hell, no scheme of man, can ever pluck me from his hand.” We now live in the joyful assurance that because Christ lives, we too will live for all eternity.
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Hallelujah! Rejoice in Easter hope today!
Living God, my heart is lifted to you in praise and thanks that the grave could not hold my Lord Jesus. He is risen! Help me to live joyfully, hopefully, and boldly in the power of his resurrection. Amen.
—WRITTEN BY RUTH BOVEN