That is the message of Easter. This is what we proclaim and sing and read and pray today.
But, what does this really mean for us? As we look at the Scripture this morning, let us open our hearts and minds to what God has for us.
II. Scripture – Mark 16:1-8
We live in a time of fear--fear of the virus, economic uncertainties, illnesses (self and others)...and that life-long fear too many carry--fear of rejection.
We have seen this lived out the soaring gun sales in our nation--over 2 million guns bought in the month of March alone...in a country where we already owned over 389 million guns.
And, we even have fear when we experience something of the risen Lord. Some who for the first time experience the love or grace or forgiveness or healing of Jesus feel fear at the same time.
This change--this move from fear to trust--happened not only as a part of the resurrection story; it happened because of the resurrection story. And this change can happen in our lives as well. This change from fear to trust can be our today...and every day.
VI. What Now?
While these are emotions, they are also habits--it may not be easy to change, but we can change. We can make the choice to be people of fear...or people of trust. We can make that choice because ... Christ is Risen!
Part of the meaning of Easter is the transforming power of trust--
trust in a God who loves us
trust in the Scriptures that tell us the Story
trust in our risen Lord
Jesus is risen to bring us life. Will you exchange fear for trust? It will change your story...and it might even change history.
Christ is Risen!