First published 13/4/2020. We continue to publish new thoughts but hope you find encouragement and blessing in revisiting some previously published ones.
Then the disciples went back to where they were staying. Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. 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.”
At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realise that it was Jesus. 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.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). 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.’”
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.
These were the words read at my mum’s funeral, nearly a year ago and words that I will never hear in the same way again.
The resurrection is central to our faith as it shows us many things including:
Death is not the end
Jesus is alive
Today I want to focus on the hope it brings – something that I’ve had to cling onto over the past year.
The resurrection reminds us that God has a plan for each of our lives and that God is in control. On Easter Sunday the disciples must have felt lost and confused but by Monday, perhaps in their minds, they were going over all the things that Jesus had taught them. The plan hadn’t failed, Jesus had come back to life, just like He said.
God always keeps His promises, we haven’t been left alone, He is alive and with us and nothing we face can separate us from His love.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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We thank you for the hope that Easter brings us.
We praise you that you triumphed over death and evil.
Help us not to forget all that you have done for us and to live each day trusting in your living hope.