Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Monday, April 17th, 2017



Prince of Peace: From the Cradle to the Crown and Beyond

Easter Monday 

Yesterday we celebrated Easter (a.k.a., “Resurrection Sunday”).  We considered some of the logistics involved in Jesus’ sealed and guarded tomb suddenly being unsealed by an angel, the women going to the tomb at dawn to anoint Jesus’ body with burial spices and wondering how to move the heavy stone from the tomb-entrance, and the guards, who fainted with fright when the angel appeared and moved the stone.  Furthermore, when the guards recovered, most of them scattered in terror; while a few reported the events to the religious leaders, who bribed the guards to lie and say that the disciples had stolen Jesus’ body in the night.

Why is the Resurrection Significant?

Easter commemorates Jesus’ Resurrection, which is at the center of Christianity—without it, Jesus becomes only a great teacher and prophet. He conquered sin and death, provided a way for individuals to be in right-standing with God, and restored hope—for daily living, as well as for the promise of eternal life. Many books have been written to address the significance of the Resurrection. However, the common greeting of the Early Church, used whenever two Christians met, was, “He is risen!”—to which the reply was, “He is risen, indeed!” We can use “He is Risen!” as an acronym, using the first letters of each of the words underscore the significance of the Resurrection:

He: [Christ] appeared on many occasions after His Resurrection, proving He was who He claimed to be. [For a chronological list see: The Resurrection Appearances Chronologically Arranged, by Msgr. Charles Pope,

Encouraged:  His disciples and followers.

Imparted:  truth and revelation to His disciples.

Salvation: He, the Lamb of God, provided salvation through His once and for all sacrifice on the cross.

Redeems: Those who confess their wrong-doing, ask for forgiveness, and accept Christ as Lord and Saviour. 

Immanuel: God with us—always!

Sent: To tell others the Good News of Christ’s crucifixion and Resurrection.

Everlasting life: offered to those who believe in Christ and confess Him as Lord and Saviour.

Nothing: We lack nothing when we have Jesus Christ in our lives, (Col. 2:10).

He is risen!  He is risen, indeed! 

Blessings & Peace

Elizabeth Hogan Hayduk
Former Salvation Army Officer (pastor)
Canada









1)    Christ’s Resurrection is at the center of Christianity—without it, Jesus becomes only a great teacher and prophet. 

2)    19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. Jn. 14:19, NIV

3)    Jesus Comforts His Disciples
14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”  NIV

Blessings & Peace

Elizabeth Hogan Hayduk
Former Salvation Army Officer (pastor)
Canada



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