Three friends decided to go hunting together. One was a lawyer, one a doctor, and the other a preacher. As they were walking, along came a big buck. The three of them shot simultaneously. Immediately the buck dropped to the ground and all three rushed up to see how big it actually was. Upon reaching it they found out that it was dead but had only one bullet hole. Thus a debate followed concerning whose buck it was. 5 minutes later a game officer came by and asked what the problem was. The doctor told him their reason for the debate. The officer told them he would take a look and tell them who shot it. 5 seconds later he said he knew who shot the buck. He said with much confidence, “The pastor shot the buck!” They all wondered how he knew that so quickly. The officer said, “Easy. The bullet went in one ear and out the other.”
Today we can’t just hear the message of Easter in one ear and out the other.
Many people fail to understand what Easter really is. For them the signs of Easter are… Colored eggs and chocolate bunnies, A rainbow of jelly beans. Chocolate rabbits, spring flowers pretty and Baskets full of candy.
But how many truly know What Easter Is? It is a time of renewal and new life as it happens every spring. Blooming flowers, singing birds, and Gentle rain signal the season of spring, A season of newness, freshness And brightness. Winter’s over it shows, And spring has come.
Easter too… Is a time of happiness and newness, Because, Jesus is risen and death no more prevail.
JESUS IS RISEN INDEED For we are disciples of the risen Jesus. Halleluiah the happy song we sing. Easter is a time of hope . And a day of rebirth and renewal. The Easter celebration end not here. It signals a new beginning And brand a new life, True friendship, peace, and Life-giving its mission. Indeed the Easter spirit is all about Hope, love, and joyful living.
Did you ever notice how much running there is in the Easter story? Once set free from doubt and fear, the first witnesses were so excited that they could not restrain themselves. Mary Magdalene runs to bring the news to Peter and the other disciple who then run to the tomb – almost as in a race! The other disciple arrived first and then waited for Peter to catch up with him. Easter has set them free and now their feet have wings!
You and I also have been set free on this day of Jesus’ resurrection. Our bonds have been loosened – we no longer have any reason to fear! What is the worst they can do? They cannot do more to us than they did to Jesus! And Jesus’ victory promises us much more than mere relief from the troubles we face in this life. He promises us a share in his kingdom where every tear will be wiped away and every human limitation remedied.
I wish you all A Blessed Easter to you, your family and your friends. It is wonderful seeing how beautiful the sanctuary is for Easter. Easter decorations often incorporate all sorts of colors. It is lovely seeing all of you present here and dressed in your Easter best. You are the real flowers of the parish. Today we have every reason to be happy because:
The God who suffered for you and me,
The God who was crucified for you and me,
The God who bore the wounds of our sins,
The God who carried the weight of our faults,
The God who died for you and me,
The God buried in the tomb for you and me,
Is risen indeed to give new life
For you and me, and for the world;
To show the way to the Father,
To love and forgive as God’s children
To be merciful and forgiving as Jesus is
To live new life as a people of hope.
Let the message of Easter stay in your heart not just pass through the other ear and be a Easter person.