And so we cry out this morning, as our kind have cried for centuries on every Easter morning: Christ has died. Christ has risen Christ will come again. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen.
Jesus, as the Passover meal was ending, said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you. But not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming back again to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I.
“From now on, I will not talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me; but I do as the Father has commanded me so that the world may know that I love the Father.”
Jesus then said, “Arise, let us be on our way.”
Saying 49, Book IV
THE WORDS OF JESUS – A GOSPEL OF THE SAYINGS OF OUR LORD