Father God: Tomb Raider
I love this painting by blind artist, Ricky Trione, of his impression of what the empty tomb of Jesus might have looked like over 2,000 years ago, right after He rose from the dead. (Photo:Creative Commons)
“…The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid. I know you are looking for Jesus Who was nailed to the cross. He is not here! He has risen from the dead as He said He would. Come and see the place where the Lord lay. Run fast and tell His followers that He is risen from the dead. He is going before you to the country of Galilee. You will see Him there as I have told you.” They went away from the grave in a hurry. They were afraid and yet had much joy. They ran to tell the news to His followers. As they went to tell the followers, Jesus met them and said hello to them. They came and held His feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My followers to go to Galilee. They will see Me there.” Matthew 28:5
The Easter story.
It’s all about stories.
Your story, His story.
Fabula est Vestri…. The story is yours.
What will you do with your story? Do you live it for yourself. Or do you occasionally allow God an appearance. Or do you take your story and fully immerse into God’s story.
What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole. 1 Peter 1:3 MSG
Most of human life is Holy Saturday, a few days of life are Good Friday, but there only needs to be one single Easter Sunday for us to know the final and eternal pattern. We now live inside of such cosmic hope. Jesus trusted enough to outstare the darkness, to outstare the void, to hold out for the resurrection of the forever-awaited “third day,” and not to try to manufacture His own. That is how God stretches and expands the soul, and makes it big enough to include God. Richard Rohr.
I allowed a rewrite.
God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes. 2 Samuel 22:25 MSG.
Today you are invited into the story of the resurrected life.
‘But Michelle – It’s fine for you to talk of this resurrected life, is this the answer to my life that feels so dead and dark. How do I leave Holy Saturday. How do I leave a tomb life. A life of darkness that I can’t see my way out of…?’
Invite Him in.
Invite Jesus into your tomb – your mess – your dark – your dead.
Allow him to lead you out. You might sprint out. You might take one small step at a time. He will join every step.
A resurrected life awaits you, a life of life.
He is Risen!