I am writing this article exactly one month before Easter Sunday. Even though the calendar shows Easter coming later than usual, it arrives all the same. Since the earliest days of the Christian community, the primary day to assemble for worship had been Sunday. This is due to the fact that every Sunday morning is to be a celebration and remembrance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. So Easter does come in one month, and it also comes every week when we gather in word and sacrament. There are many Sundays when I pronounce in the preface to the Eucharistic prayer concerning Jesus Christ, “who on this day overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life.”
“But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for 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 handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again” then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.” (Luke 24:1-12)
The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ has changed everything! Sin, death, and the devil no longer have the last word, for God does. This Word of God and from God is life. In the words of Wendell Berry, may we practice resurrection in our words and deeds, trusting that in Christ we are already a new creation eagerly awaiting the consummation of all things when Christ returns.
Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
Living in God’s amazing grace,
Pastor Matthew Groenke