“And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. . .But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him.’” Mark 16: 2 & 6
I can imagine an early, quiet morning with the sun just rising and the women making their journey of sorrow. A tomb or grave, the site of death, yet located in a garden. A place for death and also for cultivating life and beauty. The women come with spices expecting to find Jesus’ body. Instead they find that God has completely transformed the situation. Jesus’ body isn’t in the tomb, He is no longer dead!
The setting for this early morning Easter story is captivating and symbolic. Again and again God takes our mess and makes something beautiful. Our Creator helps us take the dirt and death of our lives to grow gardens. It is the amazing surprise of spring, and Easter. The dark, cold ground of Lent becoming the fetid, warmth of resurrection. We cry and lament at our losses, just like the women going to the tomb, and this is good and necessary. And then, to our surprise it is no longer winter, but spring! Jesus is not dead. Jesus has risen!
Can you name some ways Jesus’ resurrection has changed your life? How have you experienced God’s transformation of dead things in your own life or in lives of others’ around you? Are you ever surprised by joy?
God thank you for taking the hardest suffering and transforming it into beauty and creativity. Help us to trust your redeeming work in our lives, so we may cry with all creation, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty. Who was and is and is to come.” Amen
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