What an amazing weekend to spend together as a FreeChurch family! From Good Friday’s experiential service to Sunday’s pancake breakfast and Easter Sunday service, it was amazing to share this time with you all.
If you weren’t able to be with us in person, don’t miss out on Jon’s message from this past Sunday, Restored! Jon focused on Christ’s resurrection and how it not only it significance for hope for life after death but also marks the hope for life before death.
“Easter doesn’t pretend that the reality of brokenness doesn’t exist. In fact, resurrection takes place in the midst of that garden, in the midst of the human brokenness, in the midst of that darkness”
Jon also spoke of the significance of the primary witness being a woman, Mary Magdalene, and the restoration of the role of women as image bearing God people in that moment.
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… and as she wept, she stooped and looked in. She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying. “Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked her.
“Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him. “Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?” She thought he was the gardener. “Sir,” she said, “if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.”
“Mary!” Jesus said. She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!”
“Do not hold on to me,” Jesus said, “for I haven’t yet ascended to the Father. But go find my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene found the disciples and told them, “I have seen the Lord!” Then she gave them his message.