This post was written by Mel Lawrenz
This is the final devotional in the series Knowing Him: An Easter Devotional (view all days)
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. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” (John 20:1-2)
How difficult was it for the one who is Lord of the universe–who had a hand in the creation itself, who is the very force of life that holds living things together–to wake up from the sleep of death and set aside the burial cloths draping his body?
As was always the case, Jesus’ revelations of himself did not happen with television cameras focused, not even a respectable crowd gathered. An alarming word from young Mary Magdalene about Jesus’ body being gone produced a panic and a foot race among two of Jesus’ beloved disciples, Peter and John. One looked and merely saw the emptiness of the tomb, the other saw the connection between this moment and the mysterious words of Jesus–and he believed.
Now things were really complicated and the disciples just went home. But it was to a broken-hearted Mary who stayed at the tomb that Jesus revealed himself. Mary was the first to behold something the world had never seen before–a resurrected, transformed life.
Resurrection day for Jesus was simply the first installment of a resurrection of masses of people when this era of the history of the universe draws to a close. What God promises to those who belong to Jesus is not the loss of self into a nothingness-bliss, but the resurrection and re-making of everything that is right and good in the world he has created. And until then, he invites us to begin living transformed lives, continually shaped and changed by the hope of the redemption of all that God has made.
Ponder This: Where in your life do you need the resurrection power of Jesus at work today?
This entry was posted on Sunday, April 8th, 2012 at 2:06 am and is filed under Easter Devotional.
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