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“Death, thou art dead.”

April 4, 2010

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 24:1-12)

“On Sunday, the most incredible event in all of history happened. The tomb was empty. The slaughtered Lamb had risen from the grave. He had conquered death. He had triumphed over the Devil and all the powers of this world. And he had made a spectacle of them. Death, thou art dead. No king has ever gone this far to remind the world that it is loved. Long live the slaughtered Lamb. Long live the king who died at the hands of his enemies that they might know what love looks like… Crucified in humility and full of enemy love, considered a good-for-nothing slave and an insurgent, Jesus shows us what true greatness looks like.” (from Jesus for President)

“Come, let us return to the Lord;
for he has torn us, that he may heal us;
he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.
After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will raise us up,
that we may live before him.
Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord;
his going out is sure as the dawn;
he will come to us as the showers,
as the spring rains that water the earth.”
(Hosea 6)

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