When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might come and anoint Him. Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. They were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” Looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away, although it was extremely large. Entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here;
With this COVID-19 pandemic, many of us haven’t be able to go to church as we usually do, and with much of the country under restrictions from gathering in groups of more than five people, we weren’t able to attend Easter services, either.
However, just because we can’t gather to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord corporately doesn’t mean that we can’t celebrate it individually (as we should every day) or with our families. Even though we can’t go to our home church, my family still had our own sunrise service right in our house. We sang hymns and read Scripture, then listened to a sermon that our pastor live streamed. Quarantine, pandemic, lockdown or not, there’s never (let me repeat that: NEVER) an excuse to not worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for what He has accomplished, for saving us from hell and making us sons and daughters of the King of kings. Let us all heed the words of the prophet Isaiah;
O LORD, You are my God;
I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name;
For You have worked wonders,
Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness…
He will swallow up death for all time, And the Lord GOD will wipe tears away from all faces,
And He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth; For the LORD has spoken. And it will be said in that day,
“Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited that He might save us.
This is the LORD for whom we have waited;
Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”
Isaiah 25:1, 8-9
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