Sunday, April 24, 2011
Easter Day: A Devotional Commentary
1 Corinthians 5:6-8 Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole lump? Purge out the old yeast, that you may be a new lump, even as you are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, has been sacrificed in our place. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old yeast, neither with the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Mark 16:1-8 When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, that they might come and anoint him. Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. They were saying among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” for it was very big. Looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back. Entering into the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were amazed. He said to them, “Don’t be amazed. You seek Jesus, the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen. He is not here. Behold, the place where they laid him! But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He goes before you into Galilee. There you will see him, as he said to you.’” They went out, and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had come on them. They said nothing to anyone; for they were afraid.
Alleluia! Christ is risen! We killed the incarnate God who bore our sins. We nailed Him to a cross. But He is risen. Any reasonable god would destroy us for killing Him but not the crucified-God. Jesus brings us forgiveness for our sins. He not only bore our sins on the cross but He gives us forgiveness all the time. He gives us pastors to tell us that we are forgiven. He gives us His very body and blood to feed us and sustain our faith. He has given us baptism to wash away our sins. Because we are joined to Jesus' death in our baptism, we will also partake of His resurrection! Alleluia, Christ is risen!
Posted by Chuck Wiese at 9:30 AM