Good Morning and Welcome to the Northeast Church of Christ this Easter morning! We are excited to worship with you today. Easter is a time where many people come together to remember the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It also sets the stage for one of my favorite passages in the Bible.
According to the Scriptures and the Greek text in Luke 24:1 we find that on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. As they get there they notice that the stone has been rolled away. That part of the story alone is pretty amazing. Then they find that Jesus’ body is not there and they do what most of us probably would have done too. They stood there puzzled. If I were in their shoes I would want to know where Jesus was! How did this happen? Who is responsible for this?!?
Two men appeared in dazzling robes and ask the women “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive?” (Luke 24:5) This is where one of my favorite moments in time happens next. “He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.” (Luke 24:6-7)
This is a huge moment in time. What would have happened if Jesus’ body was still found in the tomb? The fact is, that isn’t a question that we have to deal with. The fact is that the tomb was found empty. Jesus HAS risen from the dead and nothing can change that. Jesus had told his followers many times that he would rise from the dead. Jesus does just that. This moment in time is a key for our faith. We have this moment in history to look at and know that the things Jesus says are true.
Moments in time can have massive impacts on our lives. They could be moments where we struggle, moments where we stretch and grow, moments where scars happen that we look back at, or moments when prophecies are fulfilled. Each of these moments have lasting impacts. Finding out that Jesus has risen is a lasting moment. Prophecies are fulfilled in this moment, we have a door opened to a future in Heaven, but validation is found for everything that Jesus teaches us. How does this moment in time affect you? What role does this moment in history play for you in your life?