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By Alyssa Paige Miller
Before service had even started, the church was buzzing with excitement and joyous expectation—a marked transition from the somber observance of Good Friday. It was not just another Sunday; today, we gathered to honor the greatest day in history: Easter Sunday.
This day, also known as Resurrection Sunday, is the day we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the grave after His death on the cross. Easter proclaims Christ is risen, and He offers us new life. This monumental day is the basis of our faith, our salvation, and our hope.
But our Easter service was more than just a celebration. We also had a revelation.
The celebration began with the band and gospel choir leading us powerfully into worship, but a second choir also sang: a dozen and a half children filed onto the stage. Some sang and some fluidly performed the coordinated hand motions. Eventually, all the children were dancing and waving their colorful ribbons.
The reading came from Luke 24, which details the events and encounters following Christ’s resurrection. In the scripture, the women went to the tomb of Jesus, but they did not find him. As they were wondering about this, two men in gleaming clothes asked a poignant question and explained the mystery of Jesus: “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.”
The poignant question the angels asked became the baseline of our challenge. Aaron asked us, “Why do you keep going back to the dead places of your life?”
So often in our lives, we turn back to a dead relationship, old sins, or other cemeteries from our life. We look for fulfillment in those dead places, but is not there—just as Jesus was not in the tomb.
To experience new life, we have to leave behind the cemeteries and dead places of our lives. Aaron challenged us to make a decision not to go back to the dead things of life.
Our fulfillment, our wholeness, our healing, our redemption, and our restoration is found in Christ Jesus.
Aaron left us with this: “If we don’t catch a revelation of the resurrection, we will keep going back to look for the living among the dead.”
Some responded with giving their lives or rededicating their lives to Christ. Many stood to receive prayer. But we all left with a revelation of Resurrection Sunday.
Christ is risen; He is risen indeed.