Reading: Matthew 28: 1-15
The battle was won. Death lost its sting. All the vaults of heaven resounded on that day. Early Sunday morning, two women went to the place where their Lord had been buried at the start of the weekend. An angel appeared and told them that Jesus had been raised from the dead. They were instructed to go tell the other disciples and spread the good news.
What a great day! Every Sunday, we should remember the resurrection. After all, that is why the Christian sabbath is on the first day of the week.
Christ is Risen. Christ is Risen Indeed. Alleluia! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Bonus Devotional: Share the Joy
“Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council, had not agreed to their plan and action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid.” --Luke 23: 50-53
One day I received a package in the mail. I couldn’t imagine what it could be or why the sender was sending me this package. So I opened it, and discovered many items: a cassette tape, some postcards, a letter, a small fortune-telling device, and a decoration to put on my wall. I was very excited about the package. It brought joy to my life and was a very nice gesture by the gift-giver.
I often think of the gesture made by Joseph of Arimathea. He gave his family tomb to be used to place the body of the crucified Messiah. He, in his own little way, brought joy to the not-yet-risen Christ by showing his selflessness. He took Jesus’s body and gave it a resting place.
How are you like Joseph of Arimathea? Do you ever show acts of kindness toward others and through your acts bring joy to our Risen Lord? The gift I once received in the mail brought me great joy. I was excited to share that joy with others. How will you share the joy of the Resurrection to those you meet this Easter season?
--Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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