the joy of today
Happy Resurrection Sunday! He is risen! Who? Jesus! I’m thinking about a lot this Easter Sunday. There is a video circulating that is of many different people receiving a text message, and at first, they are surprised but then their excitement cannot be contained. View it HERE. After I saw it for the first time this morning, I thought about how true it is. Matthew, Mark, and Luke are my favorite depictions of this joy…
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.– Matthew 28:1-8
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’ ”
Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid. – Mark 16:1-8
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. (MY FAVORITE VERSE OF ALL THESE –>) In their fright the women bowed down with 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; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” Then they remembered his words. – Luke 24:1-8
How would you like it when you are visiting your loved one at their burial site and be asked why you are looking for someone who is living among a cemetery?? I know that I would be freaked out but excited if that happened when visiting my Grandma… which brings me to my next thought…
We celebrate Resurrection Sunday by participating in a special service at our church. This morning’s sunrise service was so full of energy that I never knew I could have at 6:30 AM. We also celebrate by eating breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner with family and friends. We greet everyone with “Happy Easter” or “Happy Resurrection Sunday” everywhere we go. We also use pagan rituals to celebrate as well as we put a Christian spin on them.
For some reason, I started to think of the celebrations that occur in Heaven. If it wasn’t for Christ’s death and resurrection, we wouldn’t be able to spend eternity with God. I think of how my grandma and other loved ones of mine and others are rejoicing with Jesus and everyone else. Its a beautiful sight in my head.
What do you do to celebrate Resurrection Sunday? What are your thoughts on what I’ve been thinking?
I apologize… I started a series of my favorite people of the Bible and I do plan on finishing it. Things have gotten busy and stressful along with anxiety related struggles. Blogging is not my full time job, but I do have one plus going to school full time. This is rough but I want to blog, and I want to still carry on with everything else. I’m glad I didn’t continue with it for when I had planned because I ended up finding a fabulous source to help me out.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you come back soon!