5. The angel
said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus
who was crucified.
He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place
where he lay. Matthew 28: 5-6
Too Good To Be
A number of months ago I
received an email telling me that for $4.95 I could receive a bottle of eye
serum that would magically remove all the lines and wrinkles from around my
eyes and mouth. I didn’t even have to pay postage and handling. Well for $5
bucks it is worth a try I thought, so I sent off for this miracle in a
In only a few weeks a little
box arrived in the mail. Tearing open the package I was surprised to
discover it looked exactly like water. It didn’t have any smell, I was not
brave enough to try tasting it; after all, you just never know what is in
these products, I thought, as I smeared it around my eyes. The substance
felt like water, and it dried fairly quickly. I used this miracle in a
bottle twice a day religiously, and waited for the magic to happen.
Interestingly, in a very
short time a new bottle of this magic formula arrived by mail. I was still
not finished the first bottle when the second arrived and them the third
arrived and a fourth. This small container with water like substance was
starting to pile up in the bathroom. There were so many bottles I decided
that I would just send the next bottle back and not even open the box. And
that was exactly what I did. However the day I returned the parcel unopened
I mentioned to the ladies in the post office I was really tired of receiving
this stuff that I had only paid $4.95 for the first bottle and the rest must
have been free because I had never received a bill for it. The Post Office
lady asked if I had checked my credit card statement to be sure that I
wasn’t paying for it.
I’m sure you can guess that
I had been charged for every bottle. And when I called to cancel I was
informed I even had to pay for the bottle I returned because I didn’t have
an “authorization for return;” I complained bitterly during my phone
conversation to the company about their business practices. And at the end
the man said, “Well what do you expect? If it sounds too good to be true, it
Of course I should have been
smarter. But I think I will be clever enough not fall for that again. But
wait. I am a Christian. I know the Easter story! Mary and a group of women
went to Jesus’ tomb early on the third day after he had been crucified. They
were shocked to find the stone has been rolled away. They were not expecting
an empty grave; they knew that Jesus had suffered, and died on the cross.
And yet the tomb was empty. An angel spoke to them. This must have been
terrifying because the angel told them not to be afraid. But there must
have been some excitement too because Jesus was alive!
I often wonder what went
through their minds; did they ask one another what this meant? The angel had
given them the task of going to tell the men. Practical instructions;
probably exactly what the women needed in that moment of confusion and
Throughout Lent in the
breaking of the bread sentence we have said; “If we have died with Him
(Christ), we shall live with Him, if we hold firm, we shall reign with
Him.” Paul’s letter to the Colossians says; “When Christ who is your life
is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.” This means
the resurrection was for our benefit.
Yes, it is an amazing story,
and yes, it sounds too good to be true. But I believe it is true. This is
the miracle that we can trust. Jesus, is the Messiah, the Son of God, and
the Saviour of the world, the One who chose to love you and me today,
tomorrow and for all eternity. Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us.
When God is involved miracles happen; even those that are too good to be
true. Thanks you Jesus
joins me in wishing you a joyous Easter; may you experience anew the life of
the risen Christ in your daily living.
Christ has risen! He has risen indeed. Alleluia! Alleluia!
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Relying on God's
generous grace, St. Mary's Anglican Church strives to be a place of
We care, welcome and accept all those who come seeking a
relationship with Jesus.
Our missionary-minded ministry is firmly grounded
in the Gospel of Christ.