Week 44 Day 7
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Matthew 28 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
I cannot let the day pass without acknowledging the awesome, incomprehensible love of God shown clearly in the life of Jesus and also I must acknowledge the incredible power at work in Him to overcome the “king of terrors” as death had been called. The words that ring most clearly of all the words spoken here by the angel are “…just as he said.”
We should therefore take very seriously the words of Jesus throughout his earthly ministry among us. Every syllable that he uttered is fraught with eternal implications. If nothing else perhaps it would be good to return from our celebrations with an attitude to look unto the possibilities laid before us as a consequence of this virtually inconceivable act. Pentecost is now fifty days away in the Hebrew calendar. Perhaps if we applied ourselves to prayer and unity a new Pentecost might just visit the Holy Spirit upon the churches.