Rejoice! Rejoice!
This is the day that the Lord has made, be glad about it. Every­body rejoice, rejoice!
This is the day that is made — be glad. 

Lyrics from Rejoice by Ken­neth W. Lewis

For your read­ing plea­sure on this joy­ous East­er Sun­day, here is an account of the Res­ur­rec­tion of Jesus Christ from the New Testament. 

On the first day of the week, Mary of Mag­dala came to the tomb ear­ly in the morn­ing, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb.

So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the oth­er dis­ci­ple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have tak­en the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.”

So Peter and the oth­er dis­ci­ple went out and came to the tomb.

They both ran, but the oth­er dis­ci­ple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the bur­ial cloths there, but did not go in.

When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the bur­ial cloths there, and the cloth that had cov­ered his head, not with the bur­ial cloths but rolled up in a sep­a­rate place.

Then the oth­er dis­ci­ple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed.

For they did not yet under­stand the Scrip­ture that he had to rise from the dead. 

The Gospel of John, 20:1–9 (New Amer­i­can Stan­dard Bible)

If you are observ­ing the East­er hol­i­day today, please accept best wish­es from all of us at the North­west Pro­gres­sive Insti­tute. May your cel­e­bra­tion of Christ’s Res­ur­rec­tion be peace­ful and memorable.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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