A Day Unlike Any Other

Think about the events that unfolded during the first passion week.  The one they called the Messiah had been killed.  And not just killed. Brutally slain on a cross.  There was much heartbreak.  For the people who wanted Jesus to sit on David’s throne and restore Israel to her former glory, it was yet another failed opportunity.  Once again, they would have to wait to be freed from the Romans. For those closest to Jesus, the few who had walked with him during his ministry, there was confusion and sadness and fear. 

None of that stopped Mary from going to the garden where Jesus was buried early on the day after the sabbath. She went to care for the body of her teacher and friend.  The gospel account tells us that she wondered just how she would be able to get past the stone that closed his grave.  To her astonishment, the grave stood open!  Her first thought was not, “He is risen!” but “what have they done with him”?  She ran to tell Peter and John that Jesus’ body was not in the grave. They ran to the tomb and peered in.  An angel told them that Jesus’ body had not been stolen but that he had risen from the dead as he had told them.

Mary had evidently followed them back to the tomb.  In the Gospel of John, we can feel her pain and anguish over what she had seen.   But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb;  and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (which means, Teacher). John 20:11–16  In a moment, Mary’s anguish turned to relief and joy and realization.  Jesus was alive!  He had risen from the dead! 

We celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection because they changed everything.  Not only did Christ’s sacrifice on the cross make forgiveness of our sins possible, His resurrection defeated the power of sin and death for all who believe in Him! 

The unusual days in which we are living do not change what Christ has done!  Celebrate with your families in your living room and around your tables. Give thanks to God for the gift of His Son. For it was a day unlike any other.

Pastor Farrel
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  Morning Worship: 10:15am
   Prayer Meeting: 6:30pm