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Easter Sunday: Jesus Has Risen!

by Earnestine Varnado

 
Earnestine Varnado.
Earnestine Varnado is a Church and Community Worker and Deaconess at St. Andrew's Mission in McComb, Mississippi.
Image by: Rachael Barnett
Source: Advance

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:

Jesus
Others
You

Earnestine Varnado is a Church and Community Worker and Deaconess at St. Andrew's Mission in McComb, Mississippi.

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Your local church may choose to enter into a multi-year Covenant Relationship with Earnestine Andrews Varnado,  or other United Methodist missionaries, for ongoing support of their work. For further information, please contact:

The Advance
General Board of Global Ministries
475 Riverside Dr, #350
New York, NY 10115
Phone: 212-870-3718
Fax: 212-870-3775

Email:
covenant@gbgm-umc.org

Web: advancinghope.org

You can make gifts to support the mission work of Earnestine Andrews Varnado, by making a donation through The Advance. The Advance is an accountable, designated giving arm of The United Methodist Church that ensures 100% of each gift reaches its intended mission or ministry.

Make a secure gift online: Visit Global Ministries Online Giving

Checks may be written to 'Advance GCFA' and placed in collection plates at United Methodist churches, or mailed directly to:

Advance GCFA,
P.O. Box 9068, GPO,
New York, NY 10087-9068.

Credit card donations may be made by calling
(888) 252-6174.

Please note on your check the name and The Advance Number of the missionary you are supporting:

Earnestine Andrews Varnado, Advance Number: 982905
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Date posted: Apr 01, 2010