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Easter Worship: Christ the Victor! (Traditional Worship)


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Christ The Victor
Mark 16:1-6
As we share in the Easter story we are faced with several realities. Let’s face it, it’s still tough out there: there is a stark political divide in our nation, circumstances can be trying, and we all still face the common enemies of human happiness: boredom and feeling lost, evil and injustice, sin and alienation, suffering and death. All of these things, together or any one in particular can make us distant: distant from God and distant from each other.

The ONLY thing I know that’s good about this is that it can give us a thirst for change, a hunger for hope. In life, as in the Easter story, it’s true that sometimes we cannot comprehend the joy of Easter until we’ve experienced the cross that goes before.

In fact, as we’ve told this story and found ourselves in it, it has sometimes been ugly, as we saw not only the horrible things people did to Jesus then, but the horrible things that people still do to each other now. We’ve seen desertion and betrayal, fear and apathy, abuse and torture, evil and injustice, suffering and death; all alive and well in every morning’s news. But for the grace of God, go we.

On Easter we know that death and brokenness has been defeated!

As we embrace the Easter promise it begins to dawn upon us that the evil, injustice, suffering and death he faced – the evil, injustice, suffering, and death we still face – are neither ultimate nor victorious, but trumped – ultimately trumped – by goodness and justice and wholeness and life. As Dr. King used to say, “The moral arc of the universe may be long, but it bends toward justice.” The book of Psalms puts it this way: “Weeping may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)

What matters is that Christ can be alive in you. Are you willing to believe that the cross wasn’t the final word? The open tomb is welcoming you in, are you will to step and share in the victory!