Acts 10:34-43; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 or Isaiah 65:17-25 (Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24); John 20:1-18 or Luke 24:1-12
The promise of Isaiah 65 is that God is doing a new thing. What's taking God so long?
Chances are that your world is either experiencing or anticipating an awakening earth after months of winter slumber. Grass is turning green, azaleas are splashing the landscape with brilliant reds, dogwoods are sprouting pink and white blooms—little Easter catechisms shaped like crosses and complete, each one, with a crown of thorns. When the birds begin their morning songs these days, and the bees their carpentry, we imagine that the sounds they make are Easter music served up by nature, as the church’s most important holy day coincides with the renewed activity of creation.