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Today's post is for the letter:
R is for Resurrection. During Holy Week, our minds turn to the suffering of Our Lord Jesus Christ. On this day, Jesus was crucified and died. With the Sabbath soon approaching, Jesus's body was turned over to Joseph of Arimathea, who had made such a request of Pontius Pilate.
Jesus's mother, Mary, and Mary Magdalene, looked on as Joseph wrapped Jesus's body and laid it in a new tomb he had "hewn out of rock." A large stone was then placed in front of the tomb. Knowing that Jesus had told them that He would rise again, Pilate stationed guards outside the tomb, for they were afraid His followers would steal the body and claim He had risen.
That first Easter morning, Mary Magdalene and some of the women brought spices to the tomb to bury Jesus properly. They found the stone rolled away and the angel tells them that Jesus is not there, but that He has risen. He instructs them to let the disciples know and that Jesus will meet them in Galilee.
Can you imagine having been there that morning?
As we celebrate Jesus's victory over the grave, let us draw closer to Him. Let us never forget that He suffered, died, and rose again to pay for our sins.
What Easter traditions do you and your family share?