Today was Easter Sunday in the Western Church, and I didn’t preach. Nor I am going to pretend I did, though next Sunday, April 3, I will preaching and presiding at First Reformed Church in Chatham, New York. If you are in the area, please, come and hear some good news! And receive the grace of God!
Easter (Year C)
- Acts 10:34–43
- Psalm 118:1–2, 14–24
- 1 Corinthians 15:19–26
- Luke 24:1–12
1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 5 And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” 8 And they remembered his words, 9 and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, 11 but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened. (Luke 24:1–12 ESV)
Why do you look for the living among the dead? Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!
The eleven did not believe. They dismissed the reports of the women out of hand. But Peter had enough sense to wonder, to want to go look for himself.
And he found an empty tomb, with the burial shroud crumpled up (or nicely folded, however you envision it) where they had lain him. And Peter marveled at what he saw.
Marveled. Because Jesus is no longer dead. It would soon become apparent to all that he had risen from the dead. But it would take a little time. It would take the breaking of bread, it would take Jesus meeting his disciples as they huddled, frightened, in a locked room.
But the world would come to know — Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!