It was early in the morning on that first Easter Sunday. The sun had just come up and the women who followed Jesus were coming to the tomb to finish preparing his body for burial, a task that they had no time to complete on the day of his crucifixion. It had only been a few days, but it seemed like an eternity. As they approached the tomb, they realized that something was wrong. The stone was rolled away. As they looked in, they were shocked to find that his body was missing. What did this mean? Who would take his body as the last and final insult to their teacher.
That first Easter Sunday is described in detail in the four Gospels and through the writings founding the New Testament. Our scriptures in worship this morning are Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118, 1 Corinthians 15:16-26 and John 20:1-18. We celebrate with Christians around the world that Christ is alive! That he is risen! Alleluia!