Three months ago we celebrated Christmas. The greatest birth story ever told. Matthew 1:21 says, 'She will give birth to a son and you are to give him the name Jesus because He will save his people from their sins'.
This weekend we remember the fulfilment of those words spoken to Joseph. The birth of a baby is a time of rejoicing and happiness. Someone's death is the opposite. There is sadness and a sense of loss. Yet the death of Jesus has an element of both. We are saddened by the humiliation and suffering that He had to go through because of his desire to have a relationship with us. But that relationship would not have happened if it wasn't for the resurrection. WE can rejoice because Jesus rose from the dead.
While at the mission's conference we learnt of the words Challenge and Riposte. Riposte is a term used in the sport of fencing which means "A quick return thrust". In the events of Easter, the ultimate challenge was the humiliation of the Son of God through shameful circumstances. Death on the cross. The ultimate riposte or defence was the triumphant resurrection of Jesus.
Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here. He has risen. (Luke 24:5) Yes, the tomb is still empty. Jesus is alive. Hallelujah!