Love Wins- Look, See, Pray

Resurrection Sunday- a day for everlasting joy.

Every Good Friday ends in tears. Easter Saturday is a remembrance of hopeless sorrow and grief. Then begins Resurrection Day! Christ was sealed in a solid rock tomb, with soldiers to guard the grave. The disciples had scattered to hide. The authorities slept uneasily. “What if the disciples stole the body… What if Jesus came back to life? Surely a problem dies when it is buried…”

Early in the morning, the women set out to give their final gift of love, a fitting final farewell to Jesus. But the great Stone has been rolled away and the tomb is empty. Their shock, loss, and horror are suddenly transformed as angelic messengers told them the gloriously, gleefully, gigantically good news. Love wins.

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After the winter’s frost comes the stirring of life. Like the beautifully wrapped beech buds in the photo, the grave clothes have been opened and left behind as mute witness. This Body needs no shroud. Jesus has been vindicated, the Atonement is complete, and the stolen reign of Satan is over. Jesus is Risen! Life is its own witness.  Love wins.

During that day, right up to the evening, the disciples see life as the Resurrected Christ appears. Doubters and dreamers discover that Love wins. Like a mighty rushing wind, the rumour of Resurrection begins to travel throughout Jerusalem and even to Rome and the ends of the Earth. The next great Wind will be the Pentecostal power of Holy Spirit life. Love wins!

Choose Life- not Death. Choose God- not Judgment. Choose Love- just as Jesus did. LOVE WINS.

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Credits: Quotation from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
Photographs copyright © Richard Starling, 2018

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