6th April 2021
Photograph By: Bruno Van Der Kraan
I wonder how Mary Magdalene felt that morning as she went to Jesus’ tomb. She must have walked with such sorrow in her heart, an ache in her soul after seeing Jesus die on the cross. Then the shock and confusion at seeing the stone rolled away! Who could have done that? It was still early and no one else was around. Interestingly she stayed at the tomb whilst Peter and John returned home, then she looked inside the tomb and spoke with the angels…. enormous surprise is an understatement!! Yet still she believed He was dead. It's only when she turned around, away from the place of death that she saw Jesus. Unimaginable delight and joy must have flooded her heart and mind as she saw her Lord and heard Him speaking her name.
However deep our sorrow, when we turn our gaze away from the source of it and towards Jesus, we will always find hope, joy and life. Jesus calls each of us individually by name and we are filled with joy when we respond to that call, when we understand that the tomb is empty, and that Jesus is alive! Jesus gives life to all who respond to and receive Him. Not just life but Resurrection life that is for today and for all eternity. The same power that restored Jesus to life is at work in us, changing us from the inside out, and encouraging us to share that joy with others. Have a truly joyous Easter!
Written By: Marianne NB
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