Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Easter Sunday and Resurrection

Dinner Topics for Easter
Matthew 28:2-8
2And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for athe bangel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
3aHis bcountenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
 4And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
 5aAnd the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
 6He is not here: for he is arisen, as he said. Come, see the place where the bLord lay.
 7And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
 8And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
Mary Magdalene
By Paula Haase

She stands beside the empty tomb
As soon as it is day,
And none can penetrate the gloom
Or wipe her tears away,
For He, who brought Life to her soul,
Forgiving all her sin,
Whose very Word had mad her whole,
Was laid to rest within.

But now she finds that hollow room
All bleak and bare inside;
Oh who would dare to disentomb
That holy One Who died?
And who could be that soulless wretch
So lacking in respect
As to commit such sacrilege,
So craven and abject?

And so she stands beside the tomb,
The essence of despair,
Enveloped in such heartsick gloom
That she is not aware
That He, Whom she so deeply mourns,
Is standing by her side,
Still wearing the imprint of thorns,
His nail-scarred hands flung wide.

He speaks, transforming into joy
The sorrow of her heart,
And none can evermore destroy
The peace which He imparts.
Thus hastening to spread the word
To saddened hearts that weep,
She glories in her risen Lord,
Her joy ecstatic, deep.

“In our hour of deepest sorrow, we can receive profound peace from the words of the angel that first Easter morning: ‘He is not here: for he is risen.’”

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