Sunday service, Erlo Stegen, 01 April 2018
16 The cup of blessing which we take, does it not give us a part in the blood of Christ? and is not the broken bread a taking part in the body of Christ?
17 Because we, being a number of persons, are one bread, we are one body: for we all take part in the one bread.
19 Do I say, then, that what is offered to images is anything, or that the image is anything?
Today we commemorate the rising from the dead of our Lord Jesus Christ. We proclaim throughout the world His resurrection.
Although He suffered so terribly and died such a gruesome death yet He was buried in a rich man’s grave, a sepulchre. Such a sepulchre was not a grave like we know, but like a room hewn out of the side of a rock face, and Jesus was placed inside, and a huge round rock was rolled in front of the entrance.
In the meantime the Pharisees went to Pilate to ask for a guard lest the disciples steal His body.
Early the Sunday morning the women hurried to the tomb to anoint His body that the body would not decay. But when they got there they found the stone rolled away and an angel sitting on the rock. There was a great earthquake and the stone rolled away.
The women hurried to the disciples to tell them that Jesus is risen. Peter and John raced to the tomb and saw that the tomb was empty and that Jesus was risen indeed. John arrived first at the tomb and stood at the entrance while Peter went inside and he saw how the burial clothes lay, collapsed on itself, and he believed.
And today we proclaim throughout the world that He is risen!