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Trust Come Sunday Morning – Shattered or Sacred?

Trust Come Sunday Morning – Shattered or Sacred? #5 in the Series

Let’s pick up where we left off yesterday, Saturday. (Please click the link if you have not read the previous post and read it FIRST. Trust me, it’s important.)

We were walking in the shoes of Jesus’ followers the days after he had been killed on the cross. They are in hiding and afraid for their lives.

The 3rd Day

Today, is the third day after Jesus died. It was so late after we got Jesus’ body in the tomb no one was able to wash him or put any of the embalming spices on his body. As soon as the Sabbath was over several of the women started preparing. They have been up all night. Just before sunrise some of us plan to go to the tomb and anoint his body.

But everyone is frightened for their lives. How are we going to get there and back safely? Not to mention the fact that somehow we have to get the soldiers to roll the stone away from the entrance and not arrest us!

I’m frightened, but these other women . . . they’re spiritual giants! They are all so much stronger than I am. Plus, some of them are Jesus’ family so surely the soldiers won’t arrest them. They include two of his Aunts, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Salome, the mother of James and John Zebedee, Mary Magdalene, a woman Jesus healed, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza  (Luke 24:10), and maybe even Mary, his mother. But I can’t imagine how she could help embalm her own son.

They are determined to do this for Jesus.

Oop, the others are heading out.

Come on, let’s go.

To The Tomb

The path is rocky because the tomb is in an abandoned limestone quarry. A wealthy man, Joseph of Arimathea owns the tomb. Rumor has it he had to pay Pilate under the table to get Jesus’ body. After they took Jesus off the cross they put his body in Joseph’s tomb. As soon as they put it in there, Pilate had his soldiers roll a giant stone in from of the entrance so no one would steal the body. Right! Who would steal a dead body? Even Jesus’.

It’s barely light out but we’re moving quickly so fewer people see us. Mary Magdalene is crying. Joanna takes her arm and comforts her. I can’t believe these women are doing this. They are so brave.

After about ten or fifteen minutes we round a corner and see the tomb.

But wait, the stone is already rolled away from the entrance? And the doorway has a strange light coming out of it? What’s happened?

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The Stone is Rolled Away

And where are the soldiers?

Mary Magdalene runs ahead of us and looks into the tomb.

She calls back, “His body is not here.”

What? No body?

His body isn’t in the tomb? What could have happened? Did the soldiers steal it?

Oh no! Tell me this isn’t happening!

I think I’m going to throw up!

You, crowd to the front and look inside the tomb. Is it true?

Someone behind us screams.

We spin around and see two men in brilliant glowing white garments standing beside Mary Magdalene!

Everyone is terror-stricken!

We all hit the ground.

Then one of the men calmly says, “Why are you looking for living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen. Remember how he told you while he was still in Galilee: The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again,” Luke 24:4-8.

My heart pounds in my ears so I’m not sure but I think he said Jesus is alive.

After a moment I hear Mary Magdalene boldly state, “Yes, I remember that. I didn’t understand it then.” I hear her get up, “I will run tell the disciples.”

But I’m so afraid I can’t move. How about you? Have you ever seen an angel before? Or heard one speak?

The other Mary is in the dirt right beside me. She gets up and runs after Mary Magdalene.

They are running to tell the others and I’m laying here on the ground too scared to move.  How embarrassing.

I can see the rest of us are looking around as best we can from our ground facing vantage points.

I don’t see the angels, do you? No? Let’s sit up and see if they’re gone.

Peter and John

We all sit there bewildered. Still afraid.

The others talk about getting out of here before anyone sees us. But you and I sit here dazed.

Peter and John come running up. Peter gets there first, runs to the tomb entrance and looks inside and steps back looking bewildered. John runs right past him into the tomb.

Let’s go see what he’s doing.

Emboldened because of Peter and John we run to the entrance of the tomb.

John is standing there looking at the burial clothes. The sudarium, the cloth which covered his face, is carefully folded and placed to the side. The others are in a pile. Empty.

How can this be?

Jesus is dead. Everyone watched him die on the cross. They carried his body here.

But the angel said he is alive.

What could this mean?

What could have happened?

I’m so confused.

So very confused.

This can’t be. He’s dead.

Stone, Cold, Dead.

 

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And if you have missed the previous posts in the trust series, here are the links:

Why Trust Matters

How Trust Effects Our Lives

Can We Trust God On Maundy Thursday?

Trust on Saturday The Day After Good Friday

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Can We Trust God on Maundy Thursday?

What Does Trusting God Have To Do With Thursday?

Trust God on a Thursday? What’s that got to do with anything?

I’ll be honest, this is a spur of the moment post. Most of mine are planned, worked on, modified, let sit for a while, read and reread, I labor over just the right photo, just the right link. All that weird stuff.

I know we have been in the trust God series, but today, I want to talk with you about what is on my heart.

Trust God Everyday

I have been one day ahead all week. So I started out the day thinking it was good Friday. I was heavy hearted and in prayer. Then I realized it was Thursday.

It was a relief, but I’m still heavy hearted because it’s Thursday.

Also known as “Maundy Thursday”. Which means “Holy Thursday”. Or the Thursday before Easter.

If you have ever heard me speak, you know I like to research the Greek and Latin meanings of a word to grasp the depth of what that word means. The Greek word for “Maundy” is “Hagios” which means sacred or holy.  The Latin word for “Maundy” comes from the Latin word Mandatum (itself from the verb Mandare), which is translated “commandment.” 

Therefore, we can grasp that Jesus was sharing a sacred and holy commandment that we commemorate the Last Supper.

For those new to this whole Jesus thing, the Last Supper was Jesus’ final meal before He was crucified. It is when He shared the sacraments of the bread and the wine and instructed all believers “to do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19 and 1st Corinthians 24 -25) . Sacrament is defined as a religious ceremony or act done by believers in Jesus Christ that is regarded as an outward and visible sign of inward and spiritual divine grace.

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Bouveret’s Last Supper

(This is not the picture most of us are familiar with, but to me, it is a far truer depiction of what that “upper room” might have looked like at Jesus’ last meal. You can learn more about the artist, Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret here and the painting by clicking here.)

Why Does This Matter?

So, why am I telling you about this today?

Because today, I want you to stop and consider history. Think about what was happening in Jerusalem over 2000 years ago TODAY.

And think about the fact that Jesus knew His entire life, at least His adult life, that He was born to die.

He did that because He loves us.

He said, “If you have seen me you have seen the Father (or for our purposes today, God),” John 14:9.

Trust God

So let me ask, do you think you can trust God?

I do.

Our Lord Jesus was willing to be born, to live, and to die for you and for me.

I hope you are starting to see how deeply you can trust God and our Lord Jesus Christ.

And can that trust become the foundation for all our trust?

I say yes.

Do you?

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Why Trust Matters

How Trust Effects Our Lives

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Happy Resurrection Day! He’s Alive!

Happy Resurrection Day!

It’s Resurrection Day! He’s Alive!

He’s Alive and we’re forgiven! Heaven’s gates are open wide!

Oh goodness it’s a Glorious Morning!

And How are you feeling this morning? Happy? Excited? Looking forward to a wonderful day with family?

Are you going to church? Did you go to Sunrise service? Or this it just another day for you?

I hope most of you reading this are going, or have already gone to church.

Because Resurrection Sunday is . . . well . . . special!

Reflection

They say reflection is good. Going over what we’ve just gone through can teach us and help us to do things differently. Therefore, let’s look back 3 days to Good Friday.

Does anyone else wonder why on earth they ever called last Friday, Good Friday?

Good Friday’s not good. It is the worst day humanity has ever experienced.

And this one was especially hard on me because . . .

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MY sin nailed Jesus to that tree. He was looking forward and saw me. His love for me kept him on that cross.

The worst day . . .

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“It Is Finished”

Did you ever stop to think about what Jesus’ followers had to be experiencing yesterday? Saturday.

They were hiding. They were bewildered. They were utterly devastated.

Lost

Alone

Frightened

Friday, the day before, was the worst day ever, and then, first thing this morning Mary and the others went and found Jesus’ body was gone!

Friday, the Worst Day EVER and 3 Days Later

 

And . . .

The Stone was rolled away!

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The Empty Tomb –  Photo Credit – Kevin Carden

The BEST DAY EVER!

He’s ALIVE!  ( And if you’ve never heard this song, I encourage you to click this link and listen! It’s wonderful!)

He’s ALIVE and I’m forgiven!

There are no words to describe that kind of love!

But when I think about it, it’s as though my heart could burst!

Are you ready?

Ready to experience that kind of love?

If you haven’t, simply invite Him into your heart today!

If you have, I hope you will meditate on this today. Step refreshed and renewed into His presence!

You are LOVED!

Let’s talk again soon!

Happy Resurrection Day my friends!

Be Blessed!

 

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What Jesus and Easter Offer Us In Today’s World

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He’s Alive!

Jesus and Easter

Have you ever thought about what Jesus and Easter really offer us? Especially in today’s world? This question could take us years to cover. But I would like to share some very personal thoughts about it this morning.

This Holy Week has been especially touching for me. As you now know I have been a bit hyper-emotional recently. This week has been no different. I mentioned earlier, it started with the Blood Moon on Passover and then moved to Maundy Thursday and the Last Supper, then Good Friday.

42 Years Ago

The love and intense emotions I experienced this week actually started 42 years ago. I still remember sitting in the children’s choir and deciding I had to give my life to Jesus. I clambered in front of all the little kids in my row and went to the front of the church and accepted Jesus as my Savior.

That childlike faith of a little girl has grown over the years into a life foundation.

Desperation

But the reason it is so vital, and allowed me such deep emotions this week is because 21 years ago, during a very dark time in my life, standing under a tree in my back yard I actually told God “If this is the best you can do for me, I don’t want you in my life!”

And I turned away from God.

Lock, stock, and barrel. Done.

The following 3 days were the darkest, emptiest, saddest, loneliest days of my life. I experienced No Hope on a level no words can really describe.

Having grown up in the church  I had never lived without the love of God.

But to consciously  make a choice to walk away from that faith and walk completely in “the world” opened my eyes to what people with no spiritual base experience on a daily basis.

That was the turning point in my life.

That old saying you have to get to the bottom before you can start to come back up was absolute for me.

No God.

No love.

No future.

No hope.

Resurrection

But then came the third day!

I was spiritually dead for 3 days.

But that third day God reached down and touched my heart. He brought me back to life. And set my feet on the path to today.

Without Him I am nothing. I can say that from experience. I was Nothing.

In reality I walked away from Him. I turned my back on God.

But, thankfully, He never left me.

So now, may I ask again, what does Jesus and Easter really offer us today?

It offers us life and love on a level that fills us to overflowing so it splashes out on those around us!

Love, indescribably, uncontainable love!

And Joy that is infectious!

What do Jesus and Easter offer us?

  • Life, full and eternal.
  • Peace, that passes all understand.
  • Happiness that no words can contain.

A Prayer For You

Wherever you go today, go with God my friends.

Father, in the name of Jesus, carry us today, to a higher place. A place in the cleft of your heart. That place of pure spiritual connection. Thank you for sending your Son to be our lamb.

In Jesus precious name I pray.

Amen

P.S.

Here is a link to the song, “He’s Alive!” A favorite of mine!

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