Sermon Audio Podcast | Easter Sunday | A Fitting Memorial
In this sermon for Easter Sunday evening, we focus on the three women that went to Jesus' tomb, intending to love and care for his dead body.
They soon discovered no such memorial was needed - Jesus is alive! As Sunday people, living in that truth, our lives must be fitting memorials for the work Jesus has done for all.
The reason for memorials
Many people attend the graves of their loved ones or friends to honour their memory, and to sit in that peaceful place to remember and reflect.
Mary lost her son
I want us to pause and reflect that a mother lost her son. How did she feel? Did she want to erect a memorial to her son? We have no idea if Jesus’ mother visited his tomb. But we do know that three other women visited, early on Easter Sunday morning:
The women prepared a memorial
They came prepared to do the only thing they could think of to honour Jesus and his memory. Their visit is an expression of an intense desire to honour and remember Jesus. But then:
They went into the tomb, where they saw a youth sitting on the right-hand side, wearing a white robe; and they were dumbfounded.
Mark 16:5 NEB
Their sadness and despair turned to terror!
But he said to them, ‘Fear nothing; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised again; he is not here; look, there is the place where they laid him.
Mark 16:6 NEB
An abrupt ending
Jesus didn’t need a memorial. He is risen!
But go and give this message to his disciples and Peter: “He is going on before you into Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.” ’ Then they went out and ran away from the tomb, beside themselves with terror. They said nothing to anybody, for they were afraid. And they delivered all these instructions briefly to Peter and his companions. Afterwards Jesus himself sent out by them from east to west the sacred and imperishable message of eternal salvation.
Mark 16:7–8 NEB
The resurrection isn’t the end of the story, it’s only the beginning. What happens next, is up to you.
Make your life a living memorial to Jesus
What does that look like?
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Romans 12:1–2 The Message
What matters in the end
Will your life stand for the difference you have made for God’s kingdom, the relationships that have eternal significance, all the ways you have worshipped and served your Saviour?
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