Their hearts heave with unshed tears and their heads hang with grief, but their feet trudge on with purpose. Their Master is dead. Their hopes and joys are shattered and buried with Him. But they will still remember the love this Man gave to them.
These women of courage head for the tomb. Their spices and their tears will mingle together to anoint the body, to slow down the decay, of their precious Jesus, the one they thought would save them. But now what? A dead one can’t deliver them from their enemies.
“Who will roll away the stone from the tomb?” they cry. The stone, like their despair, is far too heavy for these women to move. And besides, how will they ever get past the guards? Impossibilities loom ahead of them, but they can’t stop. The love of Jesus draws them on like bees to honey. Their hearts still cry out to Him in desperation. But He is dead.
“But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away.” (Mark 16:4)
But when they look up… What?! The stone is already rolled away. And no guards. They enter the tomb and see a young man dressed in a sweeping robe as white as snow. Terror and confusion attack their already troubled hearts as they tremble at the sight of this angel whose appearance is like lightning.
“Do not be afraid, for I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay. Then go quickly and tell His disciples…” (Matthew 28:5-7)
Their eyes round with wonder, they remember the words Jesus had spoken – that He would be crucified but would rise again the third day. Afraid yet filled with joy, they hurry to tell the disciples the best news anyone could ever tell. Jesus is alive!
Do you ever feel like you’re living as if Jesus were still dead? Like your hopes and joys are still buried in that tomb? Your heart so downcast that you cannot even see the stone is already rolled away?
HE IS RISEN! He was crucified but He is glorified. For you and for me. Our hopes and joys are not in that tomb but alive in Him. He conquered death and hell and left our sins in the tomb. Because He lives, sin’s power is broken. He triumphed over all enemies. Now nothing can take away His love from us.
Like these women
Your love draws us.
We cannot live without You.
Sometimes our hearts are so heavy;
We cannot feel You really are alive.
Please shed the blinding gloom from our eyes
That we may truly see
You have already removed the stone
And You truly are alive
Yesterday, today, and forever.
Death could not hold You.
Hell could not keep you.
The sins of this whole world
Could not destroy You.
O please, Lord,
Dispel the darkness in our hearts
With Your everlasting light.
Shatter the despair we are buried in
And fill us with the joy
You gave those women at the tomb.
Joy so full and free
That it spills out to others.
When depression saps the life from us,
Fill us with Your life.
May our hearts leap with joy
Because You are alive
And here with us
Always and forever.
No matter what we go through
You hold our hand
Even when it’s dark
Even when we can’t feel You.
You are alive
A huge Easter flash mob of members from Second Baptist Church in Houston “Danced Their Shoes Off” for Jesus. Each of them left behind a new pair of shoes for those in need. Let’s join them and dance so hard the shackles of despair must break from our hearts. Yes! Jesus IS alive!
He’s alive inside us
We will rise up!”
“Christ is risen from the dead
We are one with him again
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave
Oh death! Where is your sting?
Oh hell! Where is your victory?
Oh Church! Come stand in the light!
The glory of God has defeated the night!”
Joining Up With
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