Words from the Heart for Sunday April 4th, 2021
“He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you…‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” Then they remembered his words.
Luke 24:6-8 (NIV)
He Has Risen
The Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church, erected in ca. 1926, is a wood-frame building in Sifton, Manitoba. The Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church, with its three onion-shaped domes descending in height, is a rare surviving structure that illustrates the early influence of the Russian Orthodox faith in rural Manitoba. There was once a monastery, nunnery, orphanage and school on the property, but only the church remains today. It hosts an annual Pilgrimage of Orthodoxy and functions as a museum and interpretive centre for the faith.
I learned something recently that I didn’t know before – the difference between a cemetery and a graveyard. A graveyard is attached to a church, a cemetery is not. Our middle son and his family live with a graveyeard behind them. They have lived there for a few years now, and have not once had any issues with their neighbours. Graveyards and cemeteries tend to be quiet places, but not always. Today is Resurrection Day. On that first Easter morning, the tomb where Jesus had been buried was really busy. The Gospel accounts tell us about angels, women, disciples, and then the Lord Jesus Himself appearing at the tomb. In Luke 24:6-8 we read: “He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you…‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” Then they remembered his words.” It isn’t every day that the dead rise. But Jesus did and because He did, we have the assurance that all who trust Him as Saviour and Lord will rise as well. Today would be the perfect day to accept His gift of eternal life.
These have been words from the heart.