Church of England Diocese of Norwich Ringland

Easter Sunday message

12 Apr 2020, midnight

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’

Matthew 28 : 6 – 7

Readings today : Matthew 28 : 1 - 10

Thought for this week

Matthew’s Gospel account of the Resurrection of Jesus begins with a violent earthquake, an angel hurtling from heaven, throwing back the stone like a curtain, with the appearance of lightning, clothing like snow.

With the events of the past weeks it has felt there is no longer ‘normal’. The virus has had such a major impact on every household, every business and organisation, big questions now need to be asked, and maybe the biggest questions, ‘What do we really need?’, ‘what is most important to us?’.

However we emerge from the virus, Jesus’ Resurrection reveals how He is making all things new. New beginnings and new hope.

As we come like the first disciples amidst so much that is unprecedented and uncertain, the power of Christ to conquer sin and defeat death is supreme. Jesus is alive! He has broken fear and offers eternity. Praise be to the Lord revealed in His Son Jesus.

Rev Paul