The Lord Be With You Today!

Christ Is Risen!
He Is Risen, Indeed!
John 20:1-10
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark,
Mary Magdalene went to the tomb
and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.

(As a picture of all of us who were lost and desperately need Christ,
this lowly woman had been delivered from darkness
and now is the one first chosen to see the first evidence of the resurrection.
When we are walking in the dark, in situations of loss and pain,
when we first seek the Lord, He shows us
that the stone has been rolled away to allow our entry into a new reality
of the situations we thought we were facing.
What she saw tells us that no stone in our lives is too big to be rolled away.)
So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple,
the one Jesus loved,
(the younger disciple John) and said,
“They have taken the Lord out of the tomb,
and we don’t know where they have put Him!”

(As we often do in the circumstances of our lives,
she completely misinterprets what she sees,
assuming the Lord is no longer accessible,
seeing only what her closed perspective allows.)

So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb.
Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter
and reached the tomb first.
He bent over and looked in
at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in.

(The younger and faster John leans over at the entrance
and intently and carefully inspects and examines the scene
in the way a careful detective would examine the scene.)

Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb.
He saw the strips of linen lying there,
as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head.
The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen.

(The grave wrappings having been carefully removed
and folded tidily in place show clearly that Jesus' disappearance
was not the result of grave robbers having hastily stolen His Body in the night.)

Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first,
also went inside. He saw and believed.

(Because of his careful scrutiny of the setting,
the carefully folded grave clothes,
and recalling what Jesus had been telling them,
John now believes that Christ has risen.)

(They still did not understand from Scripture
that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)
Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.
(Although John now believed what Jesus had repeatedly said to them,
neither he nor Peter still comprehended
that the Scriptures themselves had foretold and pictured
the necessity of, first, Jesus' death and, then, His resurrection.
To help us grasp, like these men, His message for our lives today,
the Lord patiently keeps revealing to us—where we are today—
the incremental pieces of Truth we can understand,
unveiling to us all that we can take in.
The Truth tells us that no challenge we face is greater than Jesus,
no stone is so big that it can separate us from His love,
from His resurrection power, not even death itself.
Even that challenge has been swallowed up in victory. )
Christ Is Risen!
He Is Risen, Indeed!

May the Lord richly bless you this day!

In Christ's love,

Blessings,

Sally
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