He is Risen! Christ The Lord is Risen as He said. Up from the Grave He Arose with a mighty triumph over his foes. Christ is Risen from the Dead. Because He Lives I can face tomorrow. All the wonderful songs and hymns of Easter are running through my mind this morning.
Was it a morning like this? Outside my window the sun is rising and painting the sky baby blues and pinks, light wispy clouds float over a quiet earth. Birds are just beginning their morning songs.
“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.” “They have taken The Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him.” Peter and John saw the burial cloths lying where His body had been, the head-piece folded neatly and laid separately from the other. They saw and believed and went back to their homes. (John 20)
Mary stayed. The woman who had the most forgiven, stayed. Still searching for Jesus, still hoping to find out what happened to his body, devoted till the last. And her perseverance paid off. The man she thought was the “gardener” spoke her name, and she knew it was Jesus, her Lord. Mary had the sweet and wonderful privilege of running to tell the others, “I have seen The Lord!!!”
Mary stayed. She didn’t run away and hide from the Jews. She didn’t go and sit down, waiting to see what happens next. She went to the last place where she had seen Jesus, where she knew he would be. And even though the tomb was empty, she didn’t run away. She stayed. And her perseverance was rewarded with The Lord himself speaking her name.
What happens if I stay? Stay in the Word of God, stay grounded and rooted in my faith in God, stay close to The Lord through studying His word and singing songs of praise, stay active and loyal to my own body of believers, my church. What happens if I stay, if I keep on, if I continue, if I persevere in all these things?
I hear the precious voice of Jesus speak my name. And I have the privilege of running to share the good news with others that I HAVE SEEN THE LORD!!! And He is alive.