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Chaplain's Corner
with Reverend Dale Burke
 
Jesus Christ was crucified and buried in a cave on a Friday (we call it Good Friday). The next day, Saturday, was the Jewish Sabbath. On Sunday, the first day they could do so under Jewish law, Christ’s followers went to visit his tomb. They found it empty.

It was an unbelievable moment! The truth gradually dawned that Jesus had risen from the dead and that God had thereby opened the door to eternity to all who believe. The sting and the power of death had lost its grip. God’s heart was opened to all people, and it is a heart of love, grace, and compassion!

This is why Christians worship on Sunday and set it apart as the holy day. Thus, every Sunday, Christians gather in worship to celebrate Jesus rising from the dead and all that God has done for us.

Because the discovery of the empty tomb on the first Easter happened early in the morning, an Easter sunrise service has become a traditional part of Christian life. Sunrise services were held all over the island on April 16, including one at the Hawai‘i Loa campus (sponsored by a local parish) and one at Punchbowl Cemetery, just to name two. If you didn’t have a chance to experience one of these, try to do so next Easter! You’ll be glad you did!


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