So what is this story that we have this morning become a part of? Well, essentially, it is the story of God’s search for us. It is the story of God’s promises to humankind. The promise of peace to Noah, the promise of a land and a nation to Abraham and Sarah, the promise of the law to Moses, the promise of a son to Mary, the promise to all of us of an intimate relationship with God. A promise that has survived floods and famines, wars and tumults, the rising and falling of empires, and the prosperity of our present day. And to this day, the promise still holds, “I shall be your God and you shall be my people.” It is the story of God’s never ceasing pursuit of us even when we avoid, deny, and abandon him.
Take my hands! God says to us. Christ is risen! We are delivered from the power of death; we are restored to grace and holiness of life. This morning we rise again with Jesus to new life and find our true place in Christ’s living body. May the new covenant sealed in Christ’s blood through us bring healing and reconciliation to this wounded world.
Alleluia. Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!