Resurrection, All the Time (Matthew 28:5-7, Isaiah 25:6-9)

Happy Easter to all! Thanks to all who joined today on Zoom for our Easter celebration. Brad Tricola, Brandy Colmer, and Joann Boswell led us in singing. Judy Kaye led us in prayer. Mike Meskel and Debbie Hagen read scripture. Matt shared some thoughts on Christ’s resurrection, on new birth, on being the “body of Christ,” and on the kind of hope that can transform us, here and now. We shared moments of grief, gratitude, and joy.

Please enjoy the audio of the message below. You are encouraged to read the following two scriptures, listen to the audio, and then use the queries to guide a time of silent listening.

Isaiah 25:6-9 (NRSV):

6 On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines,
of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.
7 And he will destroy on this mountain
the shroud that is cast over all peoples,
the sheet that is spread over all nations;
8     he will swallow up death forever.
Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces,
and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth,
for the Lord has spoken.
9 It will be said on that day,
Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us.
This is the Lord for whom we have waited;
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Matthew 28:5-7 (NRSV):

5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.”

Queries:

How am I experiencing new beginnings, new life, and new possibilities in this season?

What truth about Christ’s resurrection is most present to me today?

What is bringing me joy today?