Easter Sunday: Jesus Has Risen!
by Earnestine Varnado
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb. But when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. (Luke 24:1-3)
There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2)
Today we celebrate Easter, the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, a movable feast (the Sunday date changes from year to year), but the meaning remains the same. Christ was born, Christ died, was buried, and arose on Easter Day that we may have eternal salvation, if we obey Him.
Many events led to Jesus' dying, being buried, and rising from the dead. Jesus experienced all of the seasons that we experience. Spring: season of renewal, freshness, and new life. Summer: season of rest, growth, and productivity. Autumn: season of reflection and harvesting rewards of past labors. Winter: season of reverence, dormancy, and closure. To everything there is a season.
Resurrection is more than an Easter Sunday celebration. It is also the daily ministry of all the saints who become Christlike in dying to self and living for others.
The missionaries commissioned and sent out by the General Board of Global Ministries are grateful for the opportunity to live the Easter story daily through the ministries of Ministry with the Poor, Global Health, Leadership Development, and Congregational Development.
As you continue in "your season," celebrating the risen Jesus, remember that joy is:
Earnestine Varnado is a Church and Community Worker and Deaconess at St. Andrew's Mission in McComb, Mississippi.
Date posted: Apr 01, 2010