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. (Luke 24:1-6)
Scriptural reflections for this Good Friday.
And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” (Luke 19:36-38)
He is risen! He is risen indeed!
It’s that time of year again—time for many in professing Christendom to exploit the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Just as it is at Christmas, in the visible church today, the days surrounding Resurrection Sunday are often filled with narcissistic self-celebrations. The seeker-sensitive megachurches might well be more advised to refer to their services as “ME-ASTER Celebrations” rather than attempting to cloak them in any sort of Christian garb. As an example, see how one megachurch local to this blogger is advertising its 2016 “Easter Experience”: The sad irony is that these churches actually could make Easter more about “me” and “you” if they would bother telling…