He is risen!
Yes, even Death may die!
A few days ago, our attention was drawn to His betrayal, the abandonment by those who had lived closely with Him, His mock trials, the scourgings, the Crucifixion, the Thief on the Cross, His death and burial. And the long cold dark Saturday, the Jewish holy day of Shabbas. All hope seemed to have died with Him.
And yet, .
He is risen!! And He lives today as well.
So we can have joy. The worst thing that can be imagined, death, has been defeated, along with sin, its close companion.
Most churches had the "usual" extra attendees. I won't mock the C&E attendees, the "Christmas and Easter". Seems like in a worship service is the appropriate place to be.
Dear Wife's family, entirely atheist, have a yearly get-together at a restaurant near where some of them live, and we attended. Saved up for half a year to cover the tab. It's also in the same building where, just over 30 years ago, Wife and I met. She was a waitress there, I was dragged there by a vendor who wanted to curry favor by buying me dinner. So there are some memories there.
But it was pretty evident that the celebration of the risen Lord had not been part of the emphasis of the morning for most of the customers. Sad, really.
And for many, most perhaps, we've now "done" Easter. I don't like that attitude, that train of thought. Don't like it at all. Lots of thoughts on the issue, but more later, perhaps.
Today's Old Testament portion is chapters 19, 20, and 21 of 1st Samuel.
David is on the scene. Saul, correctly, has seen him as a threat to his throne and dynasty, and seeks his death.
I Samuel 20
I Samuel 21
The New Testament reading is verses verses 11-32 of Luke chapter 15