1 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”
3 Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. 4 So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. 5 And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, 7 and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed. 9 For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went away again to their own homes. St John 20:1-10 – NKJV
Every Fall we clear out our potted plants by emptying the soil and the plants that have been damaged by the frost, and storing the pots until Spring comes again. Last winter I did not get around to clearing the pots, so we just packed them away, dead plants and all. Imagine my surprise when I started getting ready for Spring planting and came across a pot with a flourishing plant, beautifully green and very much alive! This plant had survived three months without food or water, yet it was healthy and growing.
My surprise and wonder in no way compares to what Mary and the disciples must have felt when they showed up at the tomb on the third day, that first Easter morning. They went looking for the lifeless body of our Lord, but they found His grave-clothes instead. Our Saviour had risen and was indeed very much alive! He was crucified and buried, but He rose from the grave. This is the believer’s hope! The resurrected Christ gives us the chance of eternal life!
Our God is great and worthy to be praised! Christ is risen! The tomb that once held His body is empty! Christ is risen! There is hope for those who believe in Him. Christ is risen! Yes, He is risen indeed!
The Christ who conquered death and the grave has the power to give life to our ‘dead’ situations. Our realities may tell us one thing now, but when we trust Him fully and act on His words, we will see life in the midst of what appears to be dead or dying.
May you find joy in the salvation that comes from knowing the risen King!
Inventory/Introspection: Have I closed the door on a situation or relationship that He wants to breathe life into?
Personal Application: – Mary did not recognize Jesus when she first saw Him in the garden (St John 20:14-17). How do I acknowledge His presence in the midst of my weeping moments?
Father, we say ‘Thank You’ for the cross and the empty tomb! We give You thanks for the assurance of Salvation and hope eternal! Through the sacrifice of the spotless Lamb, we can enter into relationship with You and call you Abba… we are thankful indeed!
Dear Jesus, our hearts are filled with joy and gratitude for the finished work. You took on flesh to give us a hope and a future. We give You our hearts and lives to be used for Your glory. As often as we eat and drink, may we remember the Sacrifice and the meaning behind this great act of love. We thank You for taking on what we could not handle. We give our lives back to You and ask that You would order our steps and that Your name would be glorified in all we do.
Help us to see You in our circumstances even when tears of anger, pain and disappointment threaten to block our vision. Thank You for the confirmation that You are always with us, and that we have a reason to rejoice. May we allow You to reveal Life in the unexpected places.
Yes, Christ is risen – indeed!
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