Jesus who was crucified…has been raised! Alleluia!
Posted on 20 April 2014 “Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead'”
Matthew 28:7 (NRSV)
The Gospel reading for this Easter Sunday can be one of two of the Gospel accounts of the Resurrection. Either Matthew’s (Matthew 28:1-10) or John’s (John 20:1-18). Revd Dave Warnock is the Bible notes author for this Sunday’s Bible Study. He has a commentary on Matthew’s account. The following excerpt is from that commentary. He writes: -
"On this Easter Day as Matthew’s Gospel challenges us with the powerful reality of resurrection churches everywhere join in the ancient liturgy: “Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia.”
Matthew’s Gospel resurrection seems to be much more than Jesus being raised physically from dead. The resurrection of Jesus is not ‘just’ about defeating death, it is also about defeating exclusion, prejudice, injustice, hopelessness and inequality in the life before death. Hence, for Matthew’s Gospel resurrection seems to fit well with the Christian Aid slogan “We believe in life before death” or possibly a revised version “We believe in life before, during and after death”.
Instead of defending resurrection how might it help if we invite others to suggest and defend alternatives?
What experiences of resurrection have you seen?
Where is resurrection most needed today?
Who, where and how is God calling you to go quickly and tell of resurrection this Easter?