Used to be preached within visitation ministry to youths,
under the Youth Meeting of St. George church, Agouza, Egypt.
Published first in St. Mark Washington D.C.’s bulletin,
Year#7, Issue#3, in Celebration of Easter.
Link to a Photo of the Published Article
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One interesting part of the glorious story
of resurrection that goes unnoticed by many is the one played by the roman
guards were graciously privileged to be the only human witnesses of the very
moments of the resurrection.
while the women were still on their way, and the angels were celebrating the
risen Lord, and rolling the stone away to reveal the empty tomb; the only men
who enjoyed the honor of witnessing this moment were the roman guards. With all
that honor and privilege they had enjoyed, they accepted a bribe to give a
false testimony regarding the resurrection of the Lord.
not be quick in condemning those guards. We have closer people to condemn,
after time, we receive bribe from the world to deny the truth of the resurrection.
outside the church observe our lives, we Christians, to see if our Lord is
really living in us as the bible and the church tell.
through sharing the people of the world their carnal works and ways of death
that we share the guards their
false testimony telling people, 'look, we are dead no less than you are. There is no living Christ, so do not believe the
gospel, the disciples stole His body, and that is it.'
is also through our Christian lives that we can testify for the truth of the
resurrection with the angels, the women, and the apostles chanting in joy and
triumph, 'Hallelujah, Christ is risen, He is risen and dead no more. Here is the evidence, He is
living in us, and we are therefore living according to His promise.'
preaching and the guards’ false report.
Which testimony shall we second?
the world’s bribe of death and the
Lord’s gift of life.
Which reward shall we accept?
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