My friend, may I ask you a question? When the women came to Jesus’ tomb early that Easter morn, was their expectation that they would see the man that they had loved. Were they expecting to view his body, the hands and arms that had reached out to them; the face that had smiled upon them, always forgiving, always encouraging?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Many years ago I worked at a summer camp as a dishwasher. My best friend, Marc, also worked with me and we were inseparable from June through August. At lunchtime, Marc and I would often play table tennis in one of the camp garages. Marc was an expert player and became a different person when on the other side of that table tennis net. All bets were off when he picked up a paddle. He was transformed into a competitive and aggressive opponent whose goal was to defeat me, not befriend me. He was transformed every time he got behind that net. As summer went on, I became accustomed to working with the two Marc’s. Both looked the same; but neither reflected the other in character.
When the women came to Jesus’ tomb early that Easter morn, their expectation was that they would see the man that they had loved. They were expecting to view his body, the hands and arms that had reached out to them; the face that had smiled upon them, always forgiving, always encouraging. They expected to see Jesus, their special teacher and friend. Instead, they found a strange man sitting on the rolled stone. There was no body, no Jesus, no teacher and friend. The angel’s words were stunning. “Do not be afraid, for I know that 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.” The Teacher has risen? Suddenly the image of Jesus was transformed. He who had been their teacher, in flesh and blood, was no longer the same man. Jesus, the teacher who was dead, is Jesus, the risen one! As the women raced to tell the disciples, they knew that now, “all bets are off!” Something had happened to change everything and somehow they knew it would never be the same again.
Jesus is alive and well and all bets are off! What had been is no longer; what we knew is no more. He is perfectly transformed and now stands on the other side of life’s sorrows transformed, holding out the promise that as He has overcome death. He has become the “NOT HERE” Christ, the one who is not dead but alive. And, because we share in that resurrection, we share in that condition. Did you know you are “NOT HERE” either? We are no longer of this world but merely in it. Heaven, where He reigns, is now our true home as well. Hallelujah! Christ is arisen. He is arisen indeed!
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34)
We pray. Lord we have many fears in life, not the least of which what will happen to us when we die. We have faith and we believe in Your promise that You have gone to prepare a place for us in heaven with You. By faith O Lord we do believe You. Nevertheless there are always the doubts. I guess we won’t really know the strength of our faith and assurance until the moment we come into You presence and have the opportunity to thank You personally for the sacrifice You made for our sins. Until that time O Lord we remain the rookies that we are; the trusting and believing rookies that this life here on earth has made us. In Jesus name. Amen!
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