Sunday, April 12, 2009

Christ is Risen!!

Caravaggio- The Doubting of St. Thomas
One thing I have truly enjoyed about working nights is being able to see the beginning of a brand new day especially on days such as today. It is 1:43am on Easter Sunday and I can't help but think what this morning was like over 2,000 years ago. Jesus Christ is risen!! It is through His sinless sacrifice that we are made whole and able to stand guiltless before a holy God. While we were enemies of the cross, steeped in our sin Christ died for us. "For the wages of sin is death but the GIFT of God is eternal life IN Jesus Christ our Lord."

Luke 24: 1-12

"But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb,but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold,two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 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? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise." And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 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, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 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."
Cornelis Monsma - Resurrection

Rembrandt - The Resurrection of Christ

William Blake - The Resurrection
There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
- Verse 3 In Christ Alone

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