(Stained glass window from First Baptist DC, showing John 20, where the resurrected Jesus reveals himself to Mary Magdalene. In his right hand is a shovel, which is why she thought he was the gardener. Genesis readers will note that Adam was a “gardener” too.)
For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Today we celebrate the resurrection of Christ from the dead, with the promise of rising for all who answer his call. Christos aneste! Kids, enjoy your Easter Egg hunts, and pastors, enjoy your higher-than-usual church attendance. May the jump in attendance stay for coming weeks, and may all your eggs be hunted.