Easter

On Easter Sunday,
The stone was rolled away - NOT for Jesus to get out.
The Stone was rolled away for the Disciples to get in!
The stone was rolled away so the Disciples could be witnesses
to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The stone was rolled away for us!




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Easter... The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Easter Bible Study is the joyful celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.



Christ has Risen;
Christ has Risen indeed.





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The Resurrection by Carl Bloch
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He is Alive

“I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in me will live,
even though he dies;
and whoever lives and believes in me
will never die.”

John 11:25





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Easter Sunday

Resurrection of Jesus
The Empty Tomb

Matthew 28:1-10
Mark 16:1-8
Luke 24:1-12
John 20:1-10

Mary Magdalene sees Jesus in the garden.
Jerusalem

Mark 16:1-8
Luke 24:1-10

Jesus appears to the two going to Emmaus
Mark 16:12-13
Luke 24:13-35

Jesus appears to the 10 disciples.
Jerusalem

Mark 16:14
Luke 24:36-43
John 20:19-25

Jesus appears to the 11 disciples.
Jerusalem, One week later.

John 20:24-31

Jesus talks with some of his disciples.
Sea of Galilee, One week later.

John 21:1-25

Jesus ascends to his Father in heaven.
Mt. Of Olives, 40 days later.

Matthew 28:16-20
Mark 16:19-20
Luke 24:44-53



Easter is the main celebration of the Christian year despite the popularity and commercialization of Christmas. In the Gospel of John, Mary Magdalene came to where Jesus had been buried and found the tomb empty. An angel of the Lord told her that Jesus had Risen. Easter is the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ conquering death and the hope given of everlasting life to those who believe in Him.

When is Easter? Easy - just remember that Easter is the first Sunday after the full moon that follows the Spring Equinox (March 20 or 21). This is why Easter falls anytime between March 22 and April 25. (Or look at a current calendar!)

The traditional greeting among Christians on Easter Day is “Christ is Risen!” with the response, “He has Risen indeed!”

After Easter Day comes the fifty-day season of Sundays of Easter, followed by Pentecost, which marks the gift of the Holy Spirit.



The Empty Tomb

1Early 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. 2So 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!"

3So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in.

6Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus' head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. 8Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9(They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)
John 20:1-9 NIV



Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

10Then the disciples went back to their homes, 11but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus' body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. 13They 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." 14At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. 15"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."

16Jesus said to her, "Mary."

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher).

17Jesus said, "Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.' "

18Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: "I have seen the Lord!" And she told them that he had said these things to her.
John 20:10-18



The Cross on Easter Sunday was in stark contrast to the cross I described on the Ash Wednesday service; covered with our sins!

The night before Easter someone (Patsy Moore) is working on the Cross for Easter Sunday services.

No longer are there ugly nails with our sins nailed to the cross, but beautiful flowers of every description and color. The Cross is covered with beautiful flowers!!! This transformation, this little miracle happened at night, in the dark, before the dawn.

Parishioners begin to arrive for the Easter sunrise service. What does this all mean?

Our sins, the ugly pieces of paper were replaced with beautiful flowers; our sins were washed away, God would remember our sins no more because Jesus died for our sins… to save us.



The Road to Emmaus

Luke 24:13-35 RSV

On Easter Day two disciples were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all the things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, "What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?" And they stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, "Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days:"

And he said to them, "What things?" And they said to him, "Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since this happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find his body; and they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive.

Some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said; but him they did not see." And he said to them, "O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?" And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further, but they constrained him, saying, "Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent." So he went in to stay with them.

When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight.

They said to each other, "Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?" And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them, who said, "The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!" Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.



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There are only 11 disciples; Judas has committed suicide.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

19On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

21Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." 22And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven."
John 20: 19-23




Jesus Appears to Thomas

24Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it."

26A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" 27Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe." 28Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"

29Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

30Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
John 20:24-31



Doubting Thomas

So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!"

But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it."
John 20:25

We usually remember these doubting words of the Apostle Thomas. Somehow these words of doubt are what usually comes to mind when thinking of Apostle Thomas – “Doubting Thomas.” Thomas in the Scriptures also said great words of love, compassion, courage, and loyalty.



John 20:26-29

26A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!"

27Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."

28Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"

29Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."



Thomas is most notably known for his skepticism, unbelief, and doubt at a great time of fear and grief soon after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Jesus has been falsely arrested, flogged, beaten, and died an excruciating death nailed to a cross. Thomas was disillusioned, and afraid; for all had been lost. The Jesus the Messiah, the Savior he has been following is DEAD.

We know from the scriptures how Peter denied Jesus three times, “No, I don’t know him,” and then the cock crowed. We don’t know exactly what happened to Thomas from the Gospels. But when Jesus was arrested he probably fled just like Peter. Thomas may have been watching the whole horrible arrest, flogging, crucifixion, and death from afar but as close as he could get without being discovered.

Or I wonder if it was like Peter? Did someone recognize him as a follower of Christ? Had Thomas denied to the angry crowd, “No, I don’t know him.”

I wonder if Thomas was wracked with guilt for not having the courage to stay with his Lord Jesus. Not too long ago at the death of Lazarus Thomas had said with courage, love, and loyalty his wiliness to die with Jesus, "Let us also go, that we may die with him." John 11:16

Was Thomas ashamed of himself? Did Thomas despise his own actions? Does Thomas wish he could take things back his actions and do things differently? But now it’s too late; Jesus is DEAD. There is no more hope; Jesus is DEAD.

I wonder that Thomas felt so bad and was so unwilling to forgive himself, that he was so ashamed of himself, that was the reason why Thomas was not with the comfort of the other disciples? Often when we suffer from despair and depression we do not want and will not be in the company of those who love and would care for us.

And what happens? The disciples are scared hiding behind locked doors. And then Jesus actually appears to the other disciples when Thomas is not present!
Mark 16:14-18; Luke 24:36-49; John 20:19-23 Jesus tells them not to be afraid. To tell the world of the “good news” that whoever believes and is baptized is saved.

The others disciples tell Thomas, “We have seen the Lord!” And this is when Thomas responds his famous doubting lament,

"Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it."

I believe that Thomas meant every word of what he had just said. I wonder if Thomas was striking back. He knew that Jesus was DEAD; he had seen the crucifixion and death with his own eyes. Thomas has seen the large stone rolled covering the tomb. Jesus was DEAD.

The words of the disciples probably were not very comforting to Thomas anyway? Jesus did not appear to him, Thomas knew that he had done nothing to deserve, nothing, to earn, nothing to merit grace, love, and forgiveness from the Risen Christ. Thomas might of thought that he was too unforgivable, too undeserving for Jesus to appear to him. How often do we feel that we are too unforgivable, too undeserving to be forgiven by God’s love and grace?

Again Christ has come to show that Jesus has come into the world not to condemn the world but to save it. (John 3:16)

Jesus came to Thomas. Jesus reached out his loving hands to Thomas. Jesus encouraged Thomas. This was when Thomas truly recognized Jesus as, “My Lord and my God!”


This is one way I have come to understand Communion.



Communion is when are at the Lord’s Table. This is when Jesus says to us,
“Peace be with you,” “do not be afraid.”
This is a time when Jesus comes to us with outstretched loving hands of grace.

Christ reaches out and touches us. He places His hand on our hand and says,
“Put your finger here, see my hands.”
This is when we reach out, and touch Jesus.

Then Jesus says, Reach out your hand and put it into my side.”
This is when we recognize and see Jesus.

Then Jesus encourages us, “Stop doubting and believe.” This is when we truly say, “You are my Lord and my God.”
This is when we truly come to God.

Just as the Triune God is One, with Jesus we are One, with God and one another, we are One. With all of those who have come before, with all of those who are with us today, and with those who will ever be, we are One – Communion.

When we place our hands on Jesus’ wounds
we begin to recognize the scope of
His sacrificial love for us.

When we place our hands on Jesus’ wounds
we know that Jesus recognizes and feels
all our of our pain and
He is with us in our pain.

When we place our hands on Jesus’ wounds
we know that Jesus never ask us to go
where He has not already gone before.

Welcome to God’s Table.






Penitent Peter


Apostle Peter; Peter Perfect?

Jesus Reinstates Peter

15When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my lambs." 16Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me?" He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Tend my sheep." 17The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you." 18Jesus said, "Feed my sheep”. I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go." 19Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, "Follow me!"
John 21: 15-19



No matter how far we have strayed from Christ, no matter how unforgivable we feel that we have become, no matter how much we have sinned we can always return and be reconciled to Christ. In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.



Out the Study Window

Pastor Dr. Blair R. Monie, Senior Pastor at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church Dallas, Texas By now many of you have seen Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of Christ,” and much discussion in the media has followed the release of the film. Reviews have run from the gambit from raves to grave concern. The film is violent-but then, so was the crucifixion itself. Some have charged that it was anti-Semitic. In response, we must continually remind others that the gospels’ references to “the Jews” in The Passion narratives could just as easily be translated “The powers that be” that easily become destructive in any age or group.

Personally, my only real criticism of “The Passion” was that Easter got short shrift. Two hours of scourging and fructification deserved more than thirty seconds of resurrection. I feel this was because my faith is in the risen Christ. Of course, resurrection joy is empty if we have not stood beneath the cross and beheld the ugliness of it. But the fact is that the glory of the faith is best seen in resurrection light. I recently ran across a quotation from Michelangelo from 1564, reflecting with another artist on the importance of Easter and its relation to the cross. In the aftermath of the Passion, Michelangelo speaks eloquently:

Why do you keep filling gallery after gallery with endless pictures of the one ever-reiterated theme of Christ in weakness, of Christ upon the cross, Christ dying, Christ hanging dead? Why do you stop there as if the curtain closed upon that horror? Keep the curtain open, and with the cross in the foreground, let us see beyond it to the Easter dawn with its beams streaming upon the risen Christ, Christ alive, Christ Ruling, Christ Triumphant. For we should be ringing out over the world that Christ has won, that evil is toppling, that the end is sure, and that death is followed by victory. This is the tonic we need to keep us healthy, the triumphant blast to fire our blood and send us crowding behind our master, swinging happily upon our way, laughing, and singing, and recklessly unafraid, because the feel of victory is in the air, and our hearts thrill to it.

What wonderful words to keep in mind as we awaken on Easter morning to a new day and a new message of joy. ‘…the feel of victory is in the air, and our hearts thrill to it.” May the thrill of Easter and the victory of life over death, hope over despair, faith over doubt, linger.

Your friend and pastor,
Blair Russell Monie



“For God so loved the world
that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him
shall not perish
but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world
to condemn the world,
but to save the world through him.”

John 3:16-17



The Cross

Some crucifixes have Jesus on the Cross and some crucifixes do not have Jesus on the Cross; what is the significance?· Jesus Christ on the Cross is a Christian icon symbolizing Jesus’ obedience, suffering, and God’s love for us:

“For God so loved the world
that he gave his one and only Son,

that whoever believes in him shall not perish
but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but to save the world through him.”
John 3:16-17 NIV





Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus has not been defeated; Jesus has defeated Death.

“For God so loved the world
that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but to save the world through him.”
John 3:16-17 NIV




Christ has Risen. He has Risen Indeed.

Jesus has been glorified. God is not a god of the dead, but is the God of the Living, the Living God.

Jesus came back with love, compassion, and forgiveness of our sins.

“For God so loved the world
that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but to save the world through him.”

John 3:16-17 NIV



If it had been me...

Think about it! Jesus was falsely accused, beaten, flogged, forced to carry his own cross, was nailed to the cross in excruciating pain. (Even the word “excruciating” comes from Jesus’ crucifixion.) Jesus suffered on the cross, was taunted, and even his clothes were cast for lot (gambled for). Jesus died a agonizing death. Jesus died, was buried, and three days later he rose from the dead.

If it had been me, and I was raised from the dead and given the powers of God; it would have been real easy to come back pissed off, mad, and vengeful. I think the first people I would have been looking for were the Roman soldiers who flogged me ripping the flesh off of my back. I would be looking for that Son of a %#&%# (son of a gun) who hammered those nails in my hands and feet. I would want to enact revenge on everyone who had wrongly persecuted me. Where is that Pontius Pilate? It is well that it wasn’t me!

WWJD? But what would Jesus do?

Jesus forgave those who were persecuting him.

“Father, forgive them,
for they do not know what they are doing.”

Luke 23:34





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