Looking towards Easter…..the holiest of days.
The day of resurrection. The day that Jesus overcame.
The day that changed the world. Forever.
Let’s face it.
every gorgeous sunrise, every mountain peak, each newborn baby…
all those things that bring fleeting, tenuous, joy…
There is also pain.
This world spins crazy on its axis, and sometimes the spinning can make us sick.
Sick with worry, sick with sorrow, sick to death.
This is how the world was then, too.
When Christ came.
Sin sickness since the day the stench of it permeated the earth.
When the deceiver asked the woman and man to defy.
And their “yes”, bit hard into sin.
And ever since, mankind has known full well what sin feels like.
Roman soldiers, people crying, “Crucify Him!”, a governor who wanted no part of it.
Heavy wooden cross beam, splintered wood, and blood.
The sin of the world on His shoulders, separation from His Father……
and Jesus tasted darkness that day.
The bitterness of a world gone bad.
His perfect sacrifice, for a world that knew Him not.
Killed. Buried. Left in a dark and silent tomb.
Sin mocked. The deceiver lied. The world waited.
The disciples questioned, the women cried. The world waited.
On the third day, the tomb was empty.
Jesus was not there. Death could not keep Him. The tomb could not hold Him.
He is alive! He stands victorious.
We can face this world on days that are hard and uncertain
Because our Savior lives!
11 Now Mary (Magdalene) stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. 13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her. —John 20 NIV