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Posted by on Apr 16, 2017

Easter Sunday Devotion – Indeed!

Easter Sunday, April 16
Resurrection Day
Matthew 28:1-10

Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!

The family sat down at the dining room table, getting ready to enjoy their Easter dinner. The father exclaimed, “Boy, am I hungry!” To which his five-year-old child responded, “I am hungry, indeed!”
“What do you mean, ‘I am hungry, indeed!’” the father asked. The five-year-old replied, “The preacher said in church today, if you feel something really strongly, you should say, ‘Indeed!’ – and I am hungry, indeed!”

Indeed – Easter is the Sunday to sing forth our “Alleluias!” and exclaim in joyful praise that which we hold very strongly: “Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!”

On that first Easter morning, when the resurrected Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene, she did not recognize him. Yet, according to John 20:16, “Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ (which means Teacher).”

Notice the exclamation points in John 20:16. Exclamation points are used, principally when someone feels something very strongly. Now while I have not made a study of exclamation points in the gospels, I find it curious that three are presented on Easter morning in the gospel of John. One each, by Jesus and Mary, in John 20:16. The New International Version adds an additional exclamation point at verse 18: “Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: ‘I have seen the Lord!’”

An exclamation point is the proper punctuation by which we should enter this glorious Easter morning. Feeling strongly that the resurrection of Jesus makes all the difference in your life and mine, and for the sake of the world.

Indeed, if you feel it strongly, exclaim it boldly: Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!

Prayer: Heavenly God, may my worship today be distinguished by exclamations and utterances of acclaim. Thank you for this glorious morning, when people all around the world can gather to sing our praises to you. Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

 – Stephen W. Gentle
    Senior Pastor