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Easter Message from Jilll McGilvray

John 1:5  'The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not understood it.'

The Lord is risen! He is risen indeed!

After the shock and grief and despair of the death of Jesus on Good Friday and the long sorrow of Easter Saturday, Easter Day comes as a beaming shaft of sunlight into the darkest time.  

Of all the days of the year it is the one when Christians most rejoice!  He is not here!  The tomb is empty!  Can you imagine how it felt to be Mary and the other women, and the disciples Peter and John who found the tomb was empty!

Jesus had told them to expect it, but they didn't understand.  He had said to them, "You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joyNow is your time of grief but I will see you again and you will rejoice and no one will take away your joy.…" John 16: parts of verses 20 and 22.

The resurrection of Jesus changes everything that we thought we knew about life and death.  On this Easter morning as we remember that first Easter morning, we will consider what it means for us, here and now, as we share in the joy that the Resurrection brings.