Today's Gospel: Luke 24, 1-12
When I think of Christ’s resurrection, I’m drawn into wondering what the women who went to the tomb must have experienced in the dark, early hours of the morning; the confusion, the fear, and ultimate excitement at the news of Jesus being raised from the dead. This was incredible news, unbelievable news, in fact. For Christians today, Jesus’s resurrection is a given, the accepted truth, and gloriously celebrated. At the time, the news was unbelievable for “the Eleven”. Christ’s own followers, his closest confidants & companions, didn’t believe the news and ultimately had to be convinced. The mere fact that the women went to the tomb, fully prepared to anoint Jesus’s body shows us that his resurrection wasn’t expected.
I like to imagine the angels using the same tone I use with my six year-old when trying to nudge him to the correct answer: "Remember, how he told you this..." Though Jesus had promised his resurrection, the apostles didn’t truly expect it would happen. Maybe the concept of resurrection was something they had discussed, but the reality was that the thought of Christ being raised from the dead was quite perplexing, even incomprehensible.
With the resurrection, I’m reminded of three things:
1. Whatever limitations we may put on our own situations, those rules don’t apply to our Lord & savior.
2. Nothing is too big for God.
3. God keeps his promises.
It’s easy to begin to think you must bear a burden on your own. I know I’m guilty of that. I seem to find myself at times in the mindset that I’m the only one who can get me through. A favorite verse of mine that compliments this passage is John 16:33: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Be reminded this Easter that Jesus willingly bore the cross and death for you.
Are there people in my life who may need to be reminded of God’s love? Can I be the person to help them remember?
Lord, please open my eyes and heart to your desires for me. Use me to be your voice, to remind myself, and those around me, of your unending love, and that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. Amen.
Copyright 2016 Brook McCarthy
Brook is a wife to Brian, mother to Luke, and mother to two angel-babies, Avery & Colby. She also works full time for FujiFilm Medical, USA as a Product Manager. She enjoys being creative, cooking, and spending time with family and friends (usually in a combination of all three). In her spare time (mostly on commutes to work or in the shower), Brook likes to come up with songs. Silly songs, happy songs, serious songs, and lovely songs. Her dream is to produce a children's music CD and/or book. She is appreciative of all the ways that God has blessed her and her family, and strives to live each day with a focus on how to show God's love to others.