“Early while it was dark…” John 20:1
What drew Mary from the warmth of her place of rest to the early morning tomb?
Was it the obligation of anointing Jesus’ body? Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus had completed that work on Friday. Was there hidden hope, remembered and tucked inside the warmth and comfort of His words?
“…and on the third day he will rise.” Luke 18:33
Oh Mary of Magdalene, the woman who seeking, found the One she was looking for.
“Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.’” John 20:16
Can you feel the pounding of her heart as she carries the news to those still asleep in the Upper Room?
“…went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord!” – and that He had said these things to her.” John 20:18
Hearing her words, spoken with confidence, a knowing in the back of her head, disbelief surely washed over the room as an incoming strong wave on the shore. What was visual, now was not. What they had seen with their own eyes, the ranting crowds crying out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” and hearing the pounding of the hammer and nails with their own ears, “When the soldiers had crucified Jesus…”John 19:23 Mary’s declaration of surety rocked their sadness and mourning.
“I have seen the Lord!”
The outcome of this tidal wave continues to be heard and debated in hearts today.
Jesus saying still, “Peace be with you.” John 20:19
“And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’” John 19:22
Drawing near this morning, feeling the breath of Jesus…
Receiving His Holy Spirit
His Power to receive and believe
Like Mary of yesterday, today finding the One Whom I’m seeking – Jesus!
HE HAS RISEN!
“…and these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.” John 20:30-31 (ESV) Amen