So often we focus on Easter morning - the early morning hours, the women's sunrise surprise, the angelic announcement, the footrace to the empty tomb. However, as central as those scenes are to our faith, there is something just as spectacular that transpired on Easter evening. After the dust had settled on the chaos of the day, Easter evening is the time when the resurrected Lord appeared to his closest followers and friends. Easter evening is when the reality of the resurrection collided with the pain of his disciples behind locked doors. This is when Jesus' resurrection message is at its loudest and clearest: "Peace be with you." This Easter, we will celebrate Jesus' resurrection message and all its implications for restoring shalom amidst our fear, our shame, and our doubt.
1 Corinthians 15:54-57
“When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’ ‘O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”
Our celebration of the risen Christ together as one church family in the Washington Center, downtown Olympia