Death has been defeated!
What a remarkable thought…that Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were the first to see with their own eyes evidence of the most significant event in human history. The evidence was Jesus, alive and well. The most significant event was the reversal of the power of death over humanity as a result of Jesus’ death, burial, AND resurrection.
In the midst of this remarkable moment are the first words that Jesus speaks to the two women: “Greetings!” and “Do not be afraid!” A warm welcome and an emboldening command ring out in the midst of what seemed to be for the last couple of days an immense tragedy—the death of Jesus. With those words, they realize their greatest fears had been reversed into their greatest joy. The death of Jesus reversed into the death of death itself.
On this Resurrection Sunday, know that Jesus has not only defeated death, but has also forever weakened its effects on our lives as believers. No matter what you face in this upcoming year, know that Jesus enters into the reality of your life and speaks the same warm welcome and emboldening command that he spoke to the two Marys on that historic morning.
We are the church and we are defined by the reality of who Jesus is in our lives as individuals and as a community. Let us walk together with courageous joy as we follow Jesus every day, and everywhere, with everyone.
Together with Erika and our son, Judah, blessings for a happy Easter! May you know the promise and hope of Easter Day. Grateful to be on the journey and in the church with you!
– Rev. Dr. Drew Sams