April 5: Easter Sunday (Matthew 28:1-10)
Adult Education: There will be no adult education at 9:00am this Sunday.
Holy Week: This Sunday, April 5 is Easter Sunday. For more information on Holy Week services and for resources to prepare for Easter, click here.
Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” (ESV)
This past week on Palm Sunday we were well-served as we were reminded of Jesus coming into Jerusalem where he must suffer many things, be crucified and die for the sins of God's people. On Thursday we will see Jesus' submission to the Father in bearing the cup of wrath in our place. On Good Friday we will listen as Jesus committed his life into the Father’s hands, finishing the great work of redemption. We know from this day that he did not just drift off the scene like so many other religious zealots but actually died a real, public and horrible death. His death, in the minds of most, crushed any hope of the Messianic kingdom coming with power. But Easter Sunday would change all this. It is no understatement to say that the resurrection of Jesus from the dead would change the world. It has. It is the foundation of our faith, the bedrock of our hope and the source of our joy.
Review and Apply
- Describe some of the details of the story that make this a historical eyewitness account versus fable or legend.
- How does Jesus' resurrection confirm the truthfulness of scriptures and show the continuity of the scriptures?
- What details are given regarding the nature of Jesus' resurrected body.
- How does the resurrection change our view on financial struggle, suffering, sickness even death?
- Read Romans 8:33-34. How does the resurrection confirm that we are accepted by God? Do you believe this?
- What fears are you facing today and how does the reality of Jesus' resurrection inform you?