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(04-19-2001)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Please read Luke 24:1--12 in your Bible.

"But on the first day of the week…" "…but when they went in, they did not find the body." "…but the men said to them, 'Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.'" "But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them." "But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened."

But, but, but, but, but. This passage is filled with them. They're everywhere. If your composition teacher were to see this, she would have told Luke to use other words like "however" or "on the other hand." This is the resurrection of Christ. This is the one event in history that turned the world upside down. This is the one event that made everything different. There is no other word except a head-scratching, confused, surprised "but."

But he's dead.
Christ is risen! Alleluia!
But they pierced his side.
Christ is risen! Alleluia!
But they laid him the tomb.
Christ is risen! Alleluia!
But he's been in there for three days.
Christ is risen! Alleluia!
But what do we do now?
Christ is risen! Alleluia!
But this is amazing!
Christ is risen! Alleluia!
What will we do now?
Christ is risen! Alleluia!
But death has been conquered!
Christ is risen! Alleluia!
But fear has been vanquished!
Christ is risen! Alleluia!
But you have nothing to lose!
Christ is risen! Alleluia!
Because now Christ has gained life for you!
Because now no fear need paralyze you!
Because now no pain will defeat you!
Because now God loves you even through death!
Because now CHRIST IS RISEN for you!
Christ is risen! Alleluia!
Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!


Christ’s Peace,
Pastor Scott
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