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The Empty Tomb

The Empty Tomb, stoneware and marble

Veronica Patten


Easter Sunday / Resurrection Day

The Bible makes it clear that Jesus was resurrected on the first day of the week, Sunday (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2,9; Luke 24:1; John 20:1,19). Jesus’ resurrection is most worthy of being celebrated (see 1 Corinthians 15) as Jesus Christ, Himself (the “first fruits,”(1 Corinthians 15:20), paved the way for the resurrection of all who believe in Him.



Exodus 14:10-14, 21-25, 15:20-21

Psalm 118:14-17, 22, 24

Acts 10:34-43

John 20:1-18


Musical Meditation

Create in Me, Acappella, Lead: Rodney Britt, words and music: Terry Talbot.

Create in me a clean heart, oh God
Let me be like You in all my ways
Give me Your strength, teach me Your song
Shelter me in the shadow of Your wings

For we are Your righteousness
If we die to ourselves and live through your death
We shall be born again to be blessed in Your love

"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." Psalm 51:10 "The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him." Exodus 15:2 "I can do everything through him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13 

We Are Not Alone, by Pepper Choplin, Sandy Ridge Mennonite Choir:

Is He Worthy?, Chris Tomlin:

The Messiah, Part III, Handel, Choir of Kings College, Cambridge:




I marvel that Thou shouldn't become incarnate, be crucified, dead, and buried.

The sepulcher calls forth my adoring wonder, for it is empty and Thou are risen; the four-fold gospel attests it, the living witnesses prove it, my heart's experience knows it.

Give me to die with Thee that I may rise to new life, for I wish to be as dead and buried to sin, to selfishness, to the world; that I might no hear the voice of the charmer, and might be delivered from his lusts.

O Lord, there is much ill about me — crucify it, much flesh within me — mortify it.

Purge me from selfishness, the fear of man, the love of approbation, the shame of being thought old-fashioned, the desire to be cultivated or modern.

Let me reckon my old life dead because of crucifixion, and never feed it as a living thing.

Grant me to stand with my dying Saviour, to be content to be rejected, to be willing to take up unpopular truths, and to hold fast despised teachings until death.

Help me to be resolute and Christ-contained.

Never let me wander from the path of obedience to Thy will.

Strengthen me for the battles ahead.

Give me courage for all the trials, and grace for all the joys.

Help me to be a holy, happy person, free from every wrong desire, from everything contrary to Thy mind.

Grant me more and more of the resurrection life: may it rule me, may I walk in its power, and be strengthened through its influence.

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Crucifixion and Resurrection, The Valley of Vision, Puritan Prayers and Devotions, The Banner of Truth Trust

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