I have been preaching for almost 19 years. In the early years, I preached maybe three or five times a year; in the later years in Henderson, I preached as often as twice a month. Of course, now I preach almost every single week (and I really love that more than I expected).
But I have NEVER preached on Easter Sunday…until today! And I really enjoyed preparing for and preaching today’s sermon.
I hope you had a Sunday full of life and love. Happy Easter!
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, â€œThey have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.â€ 3Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. 4The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. 6Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, 7and the cloth that had been on Jesusâ€™ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. 8Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10Then the disciples returned to their homes.
11But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 12and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13They said to her, â€œWoman, why are you weeping?â€ She said to them, â€œThey have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.â€ 14When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15Jesus said to her, â€œWoman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?â€ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, â€œSir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.â€ 16Jesus said to her, â€œMary!â€ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, â€œRabbouni!â€ (which means Teacher). 17Jesus said to her, â€œDo not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, â€˜I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.â€™â€ 18Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, â€œI have seen the Lordâ€; and she told them that he had said these things to her.