He is not here;
for he has been raised.
- Matthew 28:6
The women had some terrific news — awe inspiring, terrifying, wonderful, splendid, exceedingly good news.
“So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.” (Matthew 28.8)
They ran with it - fear and awe and joy mixed in their faces. And they went to the disciples, the followers of Jesus, to give them the best news they could ever hear:
‘He has been raised from the dead!’
Alive! The one they followed, the one they loved, the one they had mourned and lost - Jesus, who was crucified, Jesus, who had died, Jesus, the one in whom all their hopes had been laid to rest - he was alive.
How could this be? Something that shook the world had happened.
God had triumphed over death. Through the very death of the one they called the Messiah, the Christ, death had been conquered.
How could this be? What does it mean for us?
That is the end of the beginning of the story — the story that begins, oh, long before Christmas, the story that carries through the life of Jesus, and through the dramatic events of Holy Week.
It is the story of the love of God for humankind, and of our response, and our call to be with God as the people of God. It is the story of the joy of life – the invitation to life in abundance, in Christ.
It is the story that continues today…
Come share with us in this celebration. Come explore the good news – and its meaning for us.
Come join with us in the great events and celebrations of Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter.
Come be welcomed — and welcome others — into the joyful abundant life we share in Christ.
For St. Alban’s people, faithfully yours,
The Rev. John Leech
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
21405 82nd Place West
Edmonds, Washington 98026