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Sunday Rest and Reflection:Death Swallowed!

Dear Friends,

What a beautiful day of resurrection celebration!  The first day of the week is when Christians gather because it was the day Christ rose from the dead and neathly folded the burial shroud.  He laid it aside and the tomb was empty!  Angels rolled away the stone so that His disciples and followers could see for themselves what had transpired.  This brought awe and wonder and led to worship as Mary recognized Jesus after mistaking him for the gardener.  Worship is our response today and awe and wonder should still be our response to the risen Christ!

Reflecting on this week’s reading, Isaiah 25:7-8 stands out for me.  “On this mountain He will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; He will swallow up death forever.  The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; He will remove the disgrace of His people from all the earth.  The Lord has spoken.” On Mt. Zion, Jesus Christ fulfilled this prophecy by offering Himself as the sinless sacrifice for our sins.  He was laid in an empty tomb and wrapped in a burial sheet.  Early on the first day of the week, Sunday, the Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to the tomb.  A strong earthquake shook the earth, guards fell over, and an angel of the Lord came and rolled away the stone.  (Matthew 28:1-7)  Peter came sometime later and saw the strips of linen cloth lying by themselves.  (Luke 24:12)  The grave was empty and Jesus was no longer there!

Death had been conquered and this shroud of death that covers all men because of Adam’s sin had been removed.  Faith in Jesus Christ removes the shame and disgrace of our sins and opens eternal life for us!  This is reason to celebrate and worship!  “When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” (1st Corinthians 15:54)  By faith we wait in hope for that glorious day!

In His Love, Pastor John

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