Message from the staff of the Presbytery of San Fernando:
As we prepare for tomorrow's Easter celebration, the first one where many, perhaps most, Christians are not planning to physically gather for worship, we're reminded that Jesus disciples were gathered out of fear on that Holy Saturday. Everything that had befallen them was so much greater than what has happened to us. They didn't know what to do because they didn't know what would happen next. And isn't that where many of us find ourselves today? So much has changed in the past month that it has left many of us dizzy. And then came the biggest surprise of all:
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”
These words from Mark affirm that even when circumstances seem the most dire God is at work bringing victory out of death and despair. As you worship tomorrow remember that assurance and the hope that it gives us for salvation in Jesus Christ.