Congregational Easter Letter

April 12, 2020 (The Resurrection of Our Lord)      

 

1 When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” 4 And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. 5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed.” Mark 16:1-5

 

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

 

Anxiety. Fear. Isolation. These are the words used to describe Jesus’ disciples and followers in the days after His crucifixion, death, and burial. The disciples were isolated. They were still in hiding from the Jewish and Roman authorities for fear of punishment (and possibly death). The women who had gone to the tomb early that morning to anoint Jesus’ body were full of doubt and fear. They didn’t know what was going to happen to them.

 

Anxiety. Fear. Isolation. The words used to describe the state of Jesus’s followers on that first Easter morning describe our world this Easter Sunday. We are living in uncertain times. Many people are anxious, fearful, and isolated from their classmates, coworkers, friends, and in some instances, family. Many people are living with the uncertainty of not knowing what is going to happen.

 

But God’s children know what is going to happen. We know God raised Jesus from the empty tomb. We know Jesus was seen by His disciples on multiple occasions in the 40 days following His resurrection—” 3b that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time,” (1 Corinthians 15:3b-6a)

 

We know that Jesus promises us, “20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” He comes to us in ordinary bread, water, wine, and words. He promises to never abandon us or leave us while we dwell on earth—"And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” This is the answer to our fear—a Savior who loves us and who has conquered sin, death, and the power of the devil—once and for all, for us!

 

He is Risen! He is Risen indeed! Alleluia!

 

 

 

Pastor David A. Feddern