Scripture: St. Mark 16:1-20
Before we can fully experience Jesus’ resurrection, we need to once again grasp and comprehend that he had truly died. We so often skip over the horror of his death and jump right into his resurrection, not wanting to realize what he suffered for our sins.
Today we see the women going to the tomb to anoint his body for burial. Not to take him lunch or to offer him a change of cloths or expecting to hear his voice, once again. Let us walk with these women, as they go to the tomb. Their conversation was about who would remove the stone from the entry? It was way too heavy for them to move. They had asked no one to come and help them. They were just like you and me.
We go to the cemetery and go to the grave of a loved one, that we might feel close to them once again and recall the happiness they brought to us in this life.
Mark want us to realize the great miracle that just transpired.
He was dead, but now He is alive once again! This is a new day. Only 1 other has been raised from the dead: Lazarus. It was by the power of our Lord, Jesus the Christ to prove that He had the power over sin and death.
As they looked into the tomb, they were dumbfounded. They saw a lone figure of a man dressed in white where the body of Christ had lain. He asked, “Who are you looking for?” Mary answered “Jesus, who was crucified.” The Angel told them, “He has risen just as He said.” He also said, “Go tell my disciples, I am going into Galilee.”
Jesus had previously said “Destroy this body, and in 3 days I will rise again” (John 2:19).
In fear and great wondering, Mary goes to find Peter and the other disciples, to tell them what had just happened. In the account of Mary, standing and crying in front of the open tomb she sees a figure of a man. Thinking he might be the caretaker of the cemetery, she asks him, “Where have you taken Him? I want to prepare Him for a proper burial.”
Only when the figure addresses her by saying “Mary!” did she realize that He is the risen Lord Jesus!
All too often we gloss over Jesus’ terrible death and the interchanges with Mary, disclosing the risen Lord. For we are so excited that He has risen that we completely lose sight of what Christ’s resurrection means for each one of us. That we worship a RISEN… LIVING… SAVIOR!
He’s in the world and wants to live in our hearts and lives.
Easter is so much more than:
• Colored Eggs
• Chocolate bunnies
• Decorated baskets
• Easter lilies
• New cloths
• Family gatherings
• Sunrise services with breakfast
Easter is the reality that our Savior lives! We can have life abundant and eternal with Him in the “here and now” and in eternity.
Therefore, regardless what this life might bring, like …
- A freak accident that snuffed out the life of a young mother with 2 small children…
- A freak air tragedy that disappears with no trace…
- A plane that falls from the sky , at the hands of a very sick pilot…
We have a living Lord to help us deal with life. Regardless what is transpiring, He walks with us in this life daily, Offering us His abundant love and presence with us.
Praise the Lord! Our Savior liveth, that we might live also.
Praise the name of Jesus, the Christ, our Lord.