IT’S SUNDAY. HE IS RISEN, ALLELUIA!
It has always been interesting to me that Jesus appeared to the women first. In biblical times women were not counted. But throughout his ministry he engaged with the women, we think of the women at the well, Mary, Martha, Mary Magdalene, and now on this Resurrection Sunday, he appears to the women first.
This is important to note and demonstrated the whole ministry of Jesus to engage with the people in society who were looked down upon by the leaders of the society. Jesus willingly engaged with these people, because he was offering good news to all who would listen.
Now on this new day and despite Jesus, telling the disciples what was going to happen, the unexpected happened.
The stone of the tomb was rolled away….Jesus was gone, He has risen.
It was a busy day for all… Because…
All on the one day, he appeared to Mary Magdalene in the garden, to Peter, to 2 disciples on the Emmaus road, and later that day to all the disciples (except Thomas, but that’s another story, for another time).
It must have been incredible for Jesus’ followers, after the despair and downright horror of Roman crucifixion, here is Jesus alive, Joy is back in the followers lives.
For us today, as we celebrate in the best way we can this Easter Day, we need to remember that in the resurrection, there is life for all, and throughout time the joy of the resurrection has affected many people, and given new life to millions of people…and you!
It is interesting to look at History, no, not history, but HIS STORY, and seek to learn new things in our walk with him. And in this time of Covid 19 and lockdowns, this is the opportunity to learn new things about your walk with Jesus. God is after all, the God of surprises. Expect the unexpected!!
Pastor Sean Worsley, The Methodist Church Norwich Circuit