Resurrection of the Lord, Easter Day   APRIL 16, 2017  (New Living Translation)
Acts 10:34-43 (God raised Jesus on the third day)
or Jeremiah 31:1-6 (Joy at God’s people restored)
Psalm 118:1-2 14-24 (On this day God has acted)
Colossians 3:1-4 (Raised with Christ)
or Acts 10:34-43 (God raised Jesus on the third day)
John 20:1-18 (Seeing the risen Christ)
or Matthew 28:1-10 (Proclaim the resurrection)

Acts 10:34-43
The Gentiles Hear the Good New
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34 Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism. 35 In every nation he accepts
those who fear him and do what is right. 36 This is the message of Good News for the people of Israel—that
there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37 You know what happened throughout
Judea, beginning in Galilee, after John began preaching his message of baptism. 38 And you know that God
anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and
healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

39 “And we apostles are witnesses of all he did throughout Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by
hanging him on a cross, 40 but God raised him to life on the third day. Then God allowed him to appear, 41 not
to the general public, but to us whom God had chosen in advance to be his witnesses. We were those who ate
and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And he ordered us to preach everywhere and to testify
that Jesus is the one appointed by God to be the judge of all—the living and the dead. 43 He is the one all
the prophets testified about, saying that everyone who believes in him will have their sins forgiven through
his name.”

Jeremiah 31:1-6
Hope for Restoration
1 “In that day,” says the Lord, “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they will be my people.
2 This is what the Lord says:
“Those who survive the coming destruction
 will find blessings even in the barren land,
 for I will give rest to the people of Israel.”
3 Long ago the Lord said to Israel:
“I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love.
 With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.
4 I will rebuild you, my virgin Israel.
 You will again be happy
 and dance merrily with your tambourines.
5 Again you will plant your vineyards on the mountains of Samaria
 and eat from your own gardens there.
6 The day will come when watchmen will shout
 from the hill country of Ephraim,
‘Come, let us go up to Jerusalem
 to worship the Lord our God.’”

Psalm 118:1-2
1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
 His faithful love endures forever.
2 Let all Israel repeat:
 “His faithful love endures forever.”

Psalm 118:14-24
14 The Lord is my strength and my song;
 he has given me victory.
15 Songs of joy and victory are sung in the camp of the godly.
 The strong right arm of the Lord has done glorious things!
16 The strong right arm of the Lord is raised in triumph.
 The strong right arm of the Lord has done glorious things!
17 I will not die; instead, I will live
 to tell what the Lord has done.
18 The Lord has punished me severely,
 but he did not let me die.
19 Open for me the gates where the righteous enter,
 and I will go in and thank the Lord.
20 These gates lead to the presence of the Lord,
 and the godly enter there.
21 I thank you for answering my prayer
 and giving me victory!
22 The stone that the builders rejected
 has now become the cornerstone.
23 This is the Lord’s doing,
 and it is wonderful to see.
24 This is the day the Lord has made.
 We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Colossians 3:1-4
Living the New Life
3 Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ
sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. 3
For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 And when Christ, who is your life, is
revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.

Acts 10:34-43
The Gentiles Hear the Good News
34 Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism. 35 In every nation he accepts
those who fear him and do what is right. 36 This is the message of Good News for the people of Israel—that
there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37 You know what happened throughout
Judea, beginning in Galilee, after John began preaching his message of baptism. 38 And you know that God
anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and
healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

39 “And we apostles are witnesses of all he did throughout Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by
hanging him on a cross, 40 but God raised him to life on the third day. Then God allowed him to appear, 41 not
to the general public, but to us whom God had chosen in advance to be his witnesses. We were those who ate
and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And he ordered us to preach everywhere and to testify
that Jesus is the one appointed by God to be the judge of all—the living and the dead. 43 He is the one all
the prophets testified about, saying that everyone who believes in him will have their sins forgiven through
his name.”

John 20:1-18
The Resurrection
20 Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the
stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 2 She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the
one whom Jesus loved. She said, “They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and we don’t know where
they have put him!”

3 Peter and the other disciple started out for the tomb. 4 They were both running, but the other disciple
outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He stooped and looked in and saw the linen wrappings lying there,
but he didn’t go in. 6 Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying
there, 7 while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying apart from the other
wrappings. 8 Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in, and he saw and believed— 9 for
until then they still hadn’t understood the Scriptures that said Jesus must rise from the dead. 10 Then they
went home.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
11 Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in. 12 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. 13 “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.”

14 She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him. 15 “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.”

16 “Mary!” Jesus said.

She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!” (which is Hebrew for “Teacher”).

17 “Don’t cling 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.’”

18 Mary Magdalene found the disciples and told them, “I have seen the Lord!” Then she gave them his
message.

Matthew 28:1-10
The Resurrection
28 Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to
visit the tomb.

2 Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the
stone, and sat on it. 3 His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. 4 The guards shook
with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint.

5 Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was
crucified. 6 He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body
was lying. 7 And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of
you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.”

8 The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they
rushed to give the disciples the angel’s message. 9 And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And
they ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Go tell
my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there.”