Calvary United Methodist Church
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors!

Monthly reminder

 

       The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” Matthew 28:5-7

 

Have you ever had that feeling when losing a loved one, that they were just going to wake up and come home? I have thought this very thing. But, it never happens.

Except for... except for in this unique situation where Jesus, the Lord of Life, the Savior of the World who took on all of our sin and pain and shame, and died for us. For you and me. Three days after his death, the women go to the tomb to anoint the body with oil. They are following through on the normal and traditional way a body is buried in the ancient near east. But they don’t find Jesus’ body... instead they find an angel in the tomb. The angel announces, “He is not here, he is risen.”

It is a tradition of the church for the pastor or worship leader to say, “He is Risen” on Easter Sunday, in which the congregation responds “He is Risen Indeed”. This is usually done at least three times in a row, growing louder with each proclamation. This may be my very favorite response that is said all year long in the church. To proclaim loudly, fearlessly, and in community that Jesus is Risen proclaims the power of our living God. What an amazing and incredible gift.

An additional gift in this is that because Jesus is risen, we have the opportunity to rise alongside of him. We are invited each and every day into relationship with Jesus, with God the Father whose love sent the Son, to allow the Holy Spirit to participate in our life. Every day we have this gift. When we confess that we are sinners, when we acknowledge both our brokenness and our beauty in being children of God, and accept Jesus to be the Lord of our lives, turning from our sin, then... we enter into the fulness of life. When we take our last breath, we will have the opportunity to raise with Jesus. To find our home in heaven.

No... we won’t come back to earth. We won’t come back to this world as ourselves, we won't come back to earth as some other creature of the earth, we will instead be given a new body and have the gift of entering the pearly gates and worshiping the Lord our God for all eternity. I can guarantee it will be splendid! We are the Easter People! Let’s live into that, shall we?

 

Will you join with us this Easter as we proclaim the Risen Savior? 

 

  10am Sunday April 4, 2021

 
December First, join us as we focus on a beginning, the Advent of Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace. ~~Pastor Al~~ that’s what we believe we see in the world, but because