Easter Sunday

  1. The Easter story from the Gospel of Luke:
    1. (Luke 24:1-12) Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, [the women who had come with Him from Galilee1] and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. {2} But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. {3} Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. {4} And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. {5} Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? {6} "He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, {7} "saying, 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.'" {8} And they remembered His words. {9} Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. {10} It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles. {11} And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them. {12} But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.
      1. A brief passage from the Writings to explain what it means
        1. AE 806:2 … the Lord came into the world to save the human race, who otherwise would have perished in eternal death, and that He saved them by subjugating the hells, which infested every man coming into the world and going out of the world, and at the same time by glorifying His Human, since thus He is able to keep the hells subjugated to eternity. The subjugation of the hells, together with the glorification of His Human, was accomplished by means of temptations admitted into the human that He had from the mother, and by continual victories therein. His passion in Gethsemane and on the cross was the last temptation and complete victory.
      2. On Easter morning, the Lord accomplished 2 things:
        1. Victory over hell
        2. Glorification of His Human
          1. hell too strong
            1. fought them in the human.
            2. won when He refused to live.
          2. whole life a process of putting off, glorifying.
    2. Put off human nature from Mary (habits, mannerisms)
    3. Glorified the Body – with him now in heaven – He appears the same.
      1. Illustrations:
        1. Think of the trees today, how they looked just a couple of weeks ago.
          1. Now new life appears it what seemed to be dead.
        2. Think of the caterpillar, which creeps around, then "dies", and emerges as a butterfly.
          1. The flowers/bulbs begin looking as lifeless as this but soon begin to sprout (show) and then fill the spiritual world.
      2. The Lord rose from the dead on Easter morning to show us the way.
        1. Do not seek the living among the dead.
        2. Look at all these beautiful flowers, and imagine that you are looking at angels in heaven – every one once a seed or bulb that seemed to be "dead", but now alive, more beautiful than ever, because Jesus Christ has shown us the way.
        3. "Why do you seek the living among the dead? {6} "He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, {7} "saying, 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.'" AMEN.


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