He is risen! He is risen indeed!


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“Why are you looking for the living among the dead?” Dead man walking? Not on that Sunday. The man brutally executed on Friday, laid in the borrowed tomb that evening, was supposed to stay dead. The women came to the tomb wondering how they would move the massive stone. They came to offer Him one last honor. They certainly didn’t expect what they encountered.

Death couldn’t hold Him. The stone wasn’t moved so He could get out; the stone was moved so we could see in. He is not some dead martyr. He is the living Lord. His victory over sin and death and evil was accomplished so that the world He came to save would have hope.

We can live without many things but we cannot live without hope. Easter brings hope, new life, renewal, and a reason to tackle whatever life might put in our path. It isn’t easy, He never promised it would be. He did promise that He would never forsake us, that He would give us sufficient grace to live meaningful lives.

Friday was for mourning. Good Friday … Black Friday.

Sunday is for rejoicing. Glorious Resurrection! Easter Celebration!

He is risen! He is risen indeed!

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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