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Easter message still one of hope

April 8, 2012
The Herald-Star

While there are those in the modern world who believe they have power, be it as a statesman or a terrorist leader, a simple itinerant rabbi some 2,000 years ago has a lasting power that believers are sure came from God.

The words of Jesus of Nazareth are remembered, celebrated and lived around the world, echoing into the hearts and minds of generations across the millenia.

If the world were truly to live up to the words, and deeds, of Jesus, humanity would not be at war, there would be a mutual sharing of the world's bounty and a reshuffling of priorities that would put people, not profits or ideologies, first.

Because the words of Jesus have remained so powerful, there is hope. In breaking the bonds of death to show there is life after this life, Jesus showed that, if only people would listen and act accordingly, that there is something far greater than the here and now.

It is in that spirit that today, Easter Sunday, we present the following verses from the Gospel of St. Luke:

(The story of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ as told in the New American Standard Bible, Luke 24)

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.

And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the Living One among the dead? "He is not here, but He has risen.

Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again."

And they remembered His words, and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the 11 and to all the rest.

Now they were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James; also the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles. But these words appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them.

But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings only; and he went away to his home, marveling at what had happened.

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