Summary: Tears of Joy at Easter. The tomb is empty.

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Why are you Weeping?

April 20, 2014

John 20:1-18

Whether we want to admit to it or not . . . we all have dreams. We set out at a young age, with dreams. Oftentimes they’re little boy and girl fantasies. And sometimes they become realities. We dream about fun and exciting stuff, glamorous careers and plans for the future. As we get older, our dreams and hopes aren’t quite so lofty. We’ve experienced the highs and lows of life, we’ve adjusted our dreams, and sometimes, we give up on our dreams.

Life has a way of killing dreams, doesn't it? We set out with high hopes — school, career, family, the kids, the grandkids, the golden years. You have plans, aspirations, expectations. But things don't always turn out the way you expected. Plans fall through. People let you down. You let yourself down. Suddenly the life you’re living isn’t the life you dreamed of.

We may find ourselves in places we never expected to be. We know how it feels to be disappointed, discouraged, and it feels as though all hope is gone. If it’s not true for you right now, it’s probably true for someone you know, and maybe for someone you love.

“Well, Happy Easter . . . Pastor Michael!” I know that seems like a strange way to start an Easter message. Easter’s supposed to be about bunnies and chicks. New day clothes, a new lease on life! And it is! But that’s not where it began. It began at a grave, with a weeping woman.

In the 4th gospel, the apostle John tells us some of the story about the first Easter morning. If you have your Bible, please turn to the 4th book of the New Testament, the gospel of John. Let’s look at what John tells us in chapter 20 ~

1 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.

2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”

3 So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb.

4 Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.

5 And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in.

6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there,

7 and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself.

8 Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;

9 for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise from the dead.

10 Then the disciples went back to their homes.

11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb.

12 And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet.

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