Peace and joy. Wonderful time together with family Sunday at our Easter celebration! I love being together with our family.
With the rush of holiday prep now past, my mind returns to the events of Jesus' life~ thinking of Jesus and His family and friends. How sad and hurting they must have been after watching Jesus be tortured and then hung on a cross to die! How they must have been suffering with Him. When I know a loved one is hurting, my heart feels the suffering too.
Can you imagine His Mom and dear friends watching as the blood poured down His face from the crown of thorns, His beaten back like flailed meat, His weakness as He tried carrying the wood up Golgotha. My stomach tightens just thinking about having to watch such agony on my dear Savior’s face. Then His outcry as they hammer nails in the tender spots of His palms and feet and raise the cross perpendicular. After all prophesies were fulfilled, with His final words, "It is finished", His head falls and He dies. Perhaps His family feels relief that His suffering has ended. They wrap the body with spices according to the Jewish custom and lay it in the tomb.
Friends and family gathered together to try and support each other. Early on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene left and went to the tomb. Imagine her shock when she observed the humongous stone was rolled back and Jesus' body was gone! She ran back to tell the others, who then speedily hurried to the tomb. Sure enough, the grave clothes were there but Jesus was gone.
[(John 20:7) Bible Comment :Jesus either caused the tight linen wrappings to fall from His body miraculously or His resurrected body miraculously passed through the linen wrappings, leaving them just as they were where He was lying (except for the face-cloth), unlike Lazarus who emerged from the tomb and had to be released from the wrappings. In either case, the grave wrappings would collapse on themselves on the flat surface of the slab where His body had been placed. The text also indicates that Jesus may have removed the face-cloth Himself once His hands were free, and neatly placed it apart from the other wrappings.]
Jesus had arisen from the dead! He was alive! What joy filled their hearts! Jesus appeared to them a number of times continuing to teach them until He ascended into heaven to rejoin His Father.
That, dear friends, is where we too can choose to be after our earthly days come to an end.
My friends, I pray: May Easter come alive in your life!