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Orthodox Icon of the ResurrectionWow – as I skim the Scriptures we'll be reading this Sunday my heart skips a beat. What a story! I invite you in:
John 20:1-18
Resurrection!

1Early in the morning on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone was moved away from the entrance. 2She ran at once to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, breathlessly panting, "They took the Master from the tomb. We don't know where they've put him."
3Peter and the other disciple left immediately for the tomb. 4They ran, neck and neck. The other disciple got to the tomb first, outrunning Peter. 5Stooping to look in, he saw the pieces of linen cloth lying there, but he didn't go in. 6Simon Peter arrived after him, entered the tomb, observed the linen cloths lying there, 7and the kerchief used to cover his head not lying with the linen cloths but separate, neatly folded by itself. 8Then the other disciple, the one who had gotten there first, went into the tomb, took one look at the evidence, and believed. 9No one yet knew from the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead. 10The disciples then went back home.
11But Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. As she wept, she knelt to look into the tomb 12and saw two angels sitting there, dressed in white, one at the head, the other at the foot of where Jesus' body had been laid. 13They said to her, "Woman, why do you weep?"
"They took my Master," she said, "and I don't know where they put him." 14After she said this, she turned away and saw Jesus standing there. But she didn't recognize him.
15Jesus spoke to her, "Woman, why do you weep? Who are you looking for?"
She, thinking that he was the gardener, said, "Mister, if you took him, tell me where you put him so I can care for him."
16Jesus said, "Mary."
Turning to face him, she said in Hebrew, "Rabboni!" meaning "Teacher!"
17Jesus said, "Don't cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go to my brothers and tell them, "I ascend to my Father and your Father, my God and your God.'"
18Mary Magdalene went, telling the news to the disciples: "I saw the Master!" And she told them everything he said to her.

The Message (MSG)
Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

Acts 10:34-43

34Peter fairly exploded with his good news: "It's God's own truth, nothing could be plainer: God plays no favorites! 35It makes no difference who you are or where you're from–if you want God and are ready to do as he says, the door is open. 36The Message he sent to the children of Israel–that through Jesus Christ everything is being put together again–well, he's doing it everywhere, among everyone.
37"You know the story of what happened in Judea. It began in Galilee after John preached a total life-change. 38Then Jesus arrived from Nazareth, anointed by God with the Holy Spirit, ready for action. He went through the country helping people and healing everyone who was beaten down by the Devil. He was able to do all this because God was with him.
39"And we saw it, saw it all, everything he did in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem where they killed him, hung him from a cross. 40But in three days God had him up, alive, and out where he could be seen. 41Not everyone saw him–he wasn't put on public display. Witnesses had been carefully handpicked by God beforehand–us! We were the ones, there to eat and drink with him after he came back from the dead. 42He commissioned us to announce this in public, to bear solemn witness that he is in fact the One whom God destined as Judge of the living and dead. 43But we're not alone in this. Our witness that he is the means to forgiveness of sins is backed up by the witness of all the prophets."

The Message (MSG)
Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Resurrection

1Friends, let me go over the Message with you one final time–this Message that I proclaimed and that you made your own; this Message on which you took your stand 2and by which your life has been saved. (I'm assuming, now, that your belief was the real thing and not a passing fancy, that you're in this for good and holding fast.)
3The first thing I did was place before you what was placed so emphatically before me: that the Messiah died for our sins, exactly as Scripture tells it; 4that he was buried; that he was raised from death on the third day, again exactly as Scripture says; 5that he presented himself alive to Peter, then to his closest followers, 6and later to more than five hundred of his followers all at the same time, most of them still around (although a few have since died); 7that he then spent time with James and the rest of those he commissioned to represent him; 8and that he finally presented himself alive to me. 9It was fitting that I bring up the rear. I don't deserve to be included in that inner circle, as you well know, having spent all those early years trying my best to stamp God's church right out of existence.
10But because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am. And I'm not about to let his grace go to waste. Haven't I worked hard trying to do more than any of the others? Even then, my work didn't amount to all that much. It was God giving me the work to do, God giving me the energy to do it. 11So whether you heard it from me or from those others, it's all the same: We spoke God's truth and you entrusted your lives.

The Message (MSG)
Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson
Want another translation? A click here will take you to Bible Gateway, where you can pick another, click "Update" and read away!

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Written by Monte

April 12, 2006 at 1:39 pm

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