One can hardly post about the happenings of Jesus' death on Good Friday without following it up on Sunday with the celebratory news of His glorious resurrection!
Yes, Jesus died a torturous death. But the good news is that the story doesn't end there. How wonderful that He rose from the dead and conquered the grave!
I was blessed beyond words this morning at our church's Easter Sunday service. Being on the Worship & Music Committee at our church, I have been busy with several things this month -- including this particular Easter celebration. It was a lot of work to get everything together, but it turned out so perfectly and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
The service started with an a capella number on more of a somber tone. It was very powerful. And while Easter Sunday is usually a complete celebration for us, as we were reminded this morning in the scripture readings, Mary Magdalene was still weeping for the death of her Lord on the morning of His resurrection, for she did not yet know of His triumph over death.
As the service moved along with various special numbers, and the joyful congregational singing, we walked through the day's events...Mary's joy when she discovered what had happened, Thomas' doubts and then amazement as he saw the piercings in Jesus' hands, feet and side and the promise of eternal life in Heaven because of His sacrifice.
You could feel a different atmosphere in the church this morning; this wasn't your typical service. Not only was the format different than usual, but everyone just felt more...well, alive! Things seemed more upbeat, relaxed and just joyful. It was a fun celebration because...
Alive! Alive! Alive Forevermore! My Jesus is alive!