It is Spring—in spite of what the weather looks like. If we orient our
thoughts to only what we see, then we miss out on the truth of God
working beneath the surface. As we approach holy week, the time we
remember the last hours of our Lord’s life before his crucifixion, the
scene is anything but happy.
For the disciples, their friend and Lord who they traveled with and
learned from for the past three years will be leaving. They don’t
understand it, but Jesus keeps mentioning it. Whatever it is, I’m sure
they thought it would be bad.
As hard as Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are, they are not the
end, but just the beginning. On Easter, Jesus rises from the dead—
conquering sin, death and the power of the devil. Death is so hard to
deal with in this life. This year we’ve already lost several people. They
are now part of the church triumphant.
The repercussions of death make us sad. If we concentrate on what
we see, we may miss the work God is doing out of sight. Just as the
disciples and the women who traveled with them were mourning
Jesus’ death, God was working to raise him from the dead. Boy were
the women who went to the tomb surprised at what they saw, or
maybe I should say didn’t see. There was no body there for them to
anoint. It was gone because Christ had triumphed.
I pray that in spite of the loss and difficulties of the past couple of
years, that you will be able to enjoy time with family and friends this
Easter. With the absence of loved ones who may have died, I pray
that God will comfort you with good memories and God’s presence.
I’d like to share with you the second verse of the Easter hymn, “Christ
is Alive! Let Christians Sing."
Christ is alive! No longer bound to distant
years in Palestine, but saving, healing here and now,
and touching ev’ry place and time.
This is my prayer for you, that the living reality of Jesus Christ and
your relationship with him would comfort and guide you now and
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