The Easter Sunday Hymn: Thine Be the Glory

Apr 21, 2019 by

by Margaret Ashworth, The Conservative Woman:

THERE can be no greater example than the Easter narrative of bitter anguish turning into triumph and joy.

On Friday Jesus was crucified, dying after six hours in agony. His body was placed in a tomb with a massive rock at the entrance, sealed and guarded on the orders of Judea’s Roman governor Pontius Pilate.

The next day was the Sabbath or day of rest. So it is just after sunrise on Sunday that two of Jesus’s women followers, Mary Magdalene and another Mary, set out for the tomb with spices to anoint his body for final burial, hoping that someone will be able to help them move the rock.

Before they arrive, there is an earthquake, and an angel dressed in pure white descends from heaven and rolls away the stone. The Roman guards are terrified and flee.

When the women get to the tomb they find the stone moved from the entrance, the guards gone, and no sign of Jesus’s body.

Mary Magdalene runs to find the disciples John and Peter. While she is gone two angels appear. One says to the other Mary:

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