Victory 101: The Rising of the Son

Victory 101: The Rising of the Son

Scripture: Mark 16:1-8 (NRSV)

Winston Churchill once said, “when you’re going through hell, don’t stop.” In Homer’s Odyssey, the mythic hero Odysseus had to go through hell, or more accurately hades, in order to finally make it back home to Ithaca after trying to get back for twenty years. This journey down under and back up taught Odysseus to face his shadows, make peace with disappointments, reframe his regrets, maintain healthy boundaries, and remain focused on his purpose—to return home changed. He was transformed—his old self died and his new self was born.

Jesus, the real-life hero of heaven, went to hades and back for you and for me, for the world. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” The grave was not strong enough to hold Jesus in its grip. The gates of hell could not contain or keep out Jesus. This Easter, let us meet our crucified and risen Lord again in his homecoming to Galilee. It is there in Galilee, not the grave, that we will encounter the Living One who brought about the death of death! Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!


April 4, 2021 Online Service Bulletin

Sermon Art: “Resurrected Christ with Mary Magdalene.” Glencairn Museum.

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