It’s Easter!!!

Wake up… It’s Easter!!! That’s right; the celebration of Easter Sunday is now only a few short weeks away. Will you be up and ready and receptive to the message of Easter Morning??? I know… Maybe as children it was easier for us to be up and ready and receptive on Easter Morning because we knew that once we got out of bed an Easter Basket filled with treats was hidden somewhere in the house for us to find. These days we can let ourselves become well adapted to snooze-alarm living, if we just keep hitting that snooze-button long enough Sunday morning will slide right on by…

Several alarm clock companies have come up with some ingenious ways to help get snooze-alarm adapted folks up and out of bed and ready to face the day. There is the Wake Up, Work Out Alarm Clock, a 1.5-pound dumbbell clock that will shut off only after you’ve done 30 bicep curls and it has internal motion sensors too–so you can’t cheat! Clocky is a clock on wheels that rolls and leaps, from up to 3 feet, off your nightstand after one snooze and it does this while beeping random patterns and hides until you hunt it down. The Twist Equation Clock requires you to twist the dials to create an equation that makes sense before you can turn it off…

Early-morning math anyone??? Clockman is perfect for those folks who can’t get up and dressed in the morning without some serious nagging. This chatty clock refuses to shut up, even after you get out of bed. He’ll greet you at your desired time, sing while you get dressed, and even yell at you if he gets angry. They say that even though Clockman speaks only Japanese for now, his wake-up-and-get-going message isn’t lost in translation. Finally, Sonic Boom With Super Shaker has a 113-decibel alarm – about as loud as a jackhammer. And if the volume alone won’t do it, the red flashing lights and accompanying bed-shaker unit (which goes beneath your mattress) should deliver the full sensory message that “Morning has Broken!” On Easter Morning God came up with something that even the world’s best clock makers can’t touch. God ushered in Easter Morning with an Earthquake, an Angel, and an Announcement!

After the Sabbath, as the first light of the new week dawned, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to keep vigil at the tomb. Suddenly the earth reeled and rocked under their feet as God’s angel came down from heaven, came right up to where they were standing. He rolled back the stone and then sat on it. Shafts of lightning blazed from him. His garments shimmered snow-white. The guards at the tomb were scared to death. They were so frightened, they couldn’t move. The angel spoke to the women: “There is nothing to fear here. I know you’re looking for Jesus, the One they nailed to the cross. He is not here. He was raised up, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. “Now, go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He is risen from the dead. He is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there.’ That’s the message.” (Matthew 28:1-7 The Message)

Allan Smith tells about an Easter morning wake up call he had years ago; “our clock radio came on about four o’clock, and a woman’s voice said, “Let His joy fill your heart like a springtime sun.” I quickly turned off the radio and offered some undesirable comments as to who had set the clock that early. But when I tried to go back to sleep those words kept ringing in my ears!”

Easter Morning is God’s wake-up call for you and me and the whole world. So, Wake Up! And don’t hit the snooze button- Let His Joy fill your heart like a springtime sun!

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Mark