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With Fear and Great Joy

Apr 16, 2017

Passage: Matthew 28:1-10

Speaker: Dave Lyle

Series: Lectionary Year A

Category: Easter season

It is with fear that Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, Jesus’ own mother, went to the tomb early on a Sunday long ago. Fear that God’s promises were bankrupt; fear that they and their friends might be next; fear of facing a life without this beloved friend, teacher, and son; fear that death’s sting really was the last word. And then, an earthquake, the earth itself groaning in the labor pains of the new creation. Then, an angel of the Lord flashing like lightning, speaking the most impossible words: “He is not here; for he has been raised.”

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