Thursday, April 20, 2006
Christ is Risen!
As Ruth pointed out, Christ is risen! (can I hear a "He is risen indeed!"?)
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don't know where they have put him!"
So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus' head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)
Then the disciples went back to their homes, but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus' body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
They asked her, "Woman, why are you crying?"
"They have taken my Lord away," she said, "and I don't know where they have put him." At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
"Woman," he said, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?"
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him."
Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" [teacher].
But the picture of my family has nothing to do with Easter. Other than the fact that Jesus' resurrection has given them eternal life!
So with that pitiful excuse for a segue, and not to lesson the importance of that Most Important Moment in History, it was great spending time with my parents and aunties. Below are a couple of pictures.
Then last weekend we went to Edinburgh to visit Jonathan and Sarah and to meet Stella. We were pleasantly surprised to see that Michaela was off work, too, so we got to hang out with the whole crew til late late in the night.
And by the way, is Stella not ADORABLE?!
I love that family.