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The Living and the Dead - 2014 04 20 Easter Sunrise

The Living and the Dead - 2014 04 20 Easter Sunrise

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Published by John Partridge
On this day, God turned the world upside down. The earth shook, the living appeared dead, the dead returned to life and the women...
On this day, God turned the world upside down. The earth shook, the living appeared dead, the dead returned to life and the women...

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“The Living and the Dead”April 20, 2014
 
(Easter Sunrise)
Matthe 2!"1#10
 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
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There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.
 !is a""earance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.
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The  guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
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The angel said to the women, %&o not be afraid, for ' know that you are looking for (esus, who was crucified.
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 !e is not here* he has risen, +ust as he said. ome and see the "lace where he lay.
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Then go quickly and tell his disci"les /!e has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into 0alilee. There you will see him.1 ow ' have told you.3
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So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with +oy, and ran to tell his disci"les.
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Suddenly  (esus met them. %0reetings,3 he said. They came to him, clas"ed his feet and worshi"ed him.
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Then (esus said to them, %&o not be afraid. 0o and tell my brothers to go to 0alilee* there they will see me.3
---That first Easter morning was filled with confusion. The resurrection of Jesus turned the world upside down. Things that everyone understood to be absolutes were overturned. Imagine your confusion if you woke up one morning and discovered that your refrigerator made things hot and your stove made them cold. You would be confused.The day after the Sabbath the two !ary"s go to the cemetery to look at Jesus" grave. #nd this becomes a source of confusion. #ll of us know and understand that cemeteries graves and tombs are places for dead people and it is in the world of air and light where we find living people. #nd yet as these two women are in the cemetery the earth which is supposed to be solid and still begins to shake. #n angel appears and rolls back a stone that ordinarily would re$uire the strength of several men. This angelic being who looks like a man
radiates
 light. %e all reflect light and we are accustomed to how a person who is standing in the sun looks a little brighter than someone standing in shadow but this man
radiated
 light. John says that looking at him was like looking at lightning. This was not normal.The guards were so afraid they became paraly&ed with fear. John says they became like 'dead men.( #nd so here in the place of the dead the living who were supposed to be upright and breathing appeared to be dead. )ot only that but the angel proclaims that Jesus who everyone knew had been crucified was dead and then  buried was no longer dead but had risen from the grave and was on his way to *alilee.The living appear dead and the dead live.+
 
This was not normal.The world had been turned upside down.#nd as the women run to tell the disciples what they had seen they meet Jesus. #nd Jesus tells them to tell the disciples whom he calls brothers to meet him in *alilee.#nd this last part also turns the world on its head.Those of us living in the twenty-first century simply don"t see it but it is there all the same. The angel tells the
$%en
 to tell everyone that Jesus has risen. Jesus tells the
$%en
 to tell the disciples that he will meet them in *alilee. The key is the women. Two thousand years ago the testimony of a woman was worthless. ,nder the law both in Jerusalem in and ome the testimony of a woman even several women was inadmissible in court. %omen were considered to be prone to hysteria and fits of emotion and could not serve as witnesses of anything.#nd yet it is the women that are sent.If the resurrection were a fabrication of the disciples or the followers of Jesus if anytime in the first three centuries after the death of Jesus someone anyone were to write a fictional account of what happened the witnesses that morning would undoubtedly have been men. )o one would believe a story in which women were the witnesses of what had happened. #nd yet the story that we hear happens eactly that way.The only way that the story could have been told and retold and recorded that way was if that was the truth.#nd so a messenger from *od shines like lightning.The living appear dead. The dead live. # cemetery becomes a place of celebration.#nd women become witnesses to the most ama&ing event in history.*od has turned the world on its head. #nd we re/oice because he did.'0e is risen1(
&e$ple" 'e is risen
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