Easter is the queen of feasts. As Paul reminded us, “If Christ has not been raised . . . your faith is in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:14). “If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied” (v. 19). Yet it is a struggle for us to keep our Easter faith for more than a Sunday or a season. We are daily bombarded by sin and its death, by temptation and its doubt, by hopelessness and its despair. This is why we follow the events of our Lord’s life in the Church Year, which reaches its climax in the resurrection of our Lord. We are not who we were. We have been raised in Christ to live new lives. Putting Him first, this begins with the joyful affirmation of Christ’s own victory and our appropriation of that victory to our own lives by faith. This joy compels us to share with others what we have received.
The sermon text for The Resurrection of Our Lord is from Luke 24:1-12 (ESV).
 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.  And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb,  but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel.  And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?  He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee,  that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”  And they remembered his words,  and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.  Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles,  but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.  But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened. (Luke 24:1-12ESV)
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