READ : Luke 24:1-12
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.” (Matthew 28:5-6, NIV)
It was Easter Sunday. We were given seats in the front row of the very crowded church. It was always a moving experience for me to worship with my Chinese brothers and sisters. We worship the same Lord even though we pray and sing in different languages.
We sang several familiar Easter hymns before the pastor preached for about 25 minutes. An old man using a cane was escorted to the platform to give a message to the people. We found out later he was a former pastor who was quite ill. As he left the platform, he passed in front of us, shook our hands, and said in a tremulous voice “God bless you.”
About 75 people were baptized that day. There were young couples, professional-looking singles, older men and women, city people, and peasant farmers. Despite the shabby appearance of the church, it was alive and growing. During communion, a young pastor served us saying, “Christ’s blood, given for you.”
God’s church is alive despite efforts to destroy it. Jesus Christ truly has defeated the powers of darkness. Hallelujah!
O Lord, thank you for dying for us and bringing new life to all who believe. In Jesus’ name. Amen.