“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
C.S Lewis calls it ‘The Strangest Story of all’
The Easter Story.
It’s all about stories.
Those ordinary ones who put Him there that day, the same men who went home to their wives making dinner, to their kids. Pilate…Caiaphas…Soldiers…those doing their job.
The nameless carpenter who crafted the cross. Doing his job.
These ordinaries remind me of the destructive darkness that lies deep… that we are all capable of.
I am reminded that the cross dealt with that darkness and if I don’t deal with it then it deals with me.
It’s all about stories.
Your story, His story.
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
Richard Rohr writes ‘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.’
Today you are invited into the story of the resurrected life.
‘But Michelle – it’s fine for you to talk of this resurrected life, but really, is this story the answer to my life that feels so dead and dark? How do I leave my Holy Saturday life. 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.
A resurrected life awaits you, a life of life.
And when the betrayal of Maundy Thursday, the darkness of Good Friday, the confusion, questions and doubt and ‘what am I supposed to do now’ of Silent Saturday happen and are happening in our lives. We can face them from the place of resurrection.
We can face those days in the power, promise and the presence of Jesus.
Love, Michelle xoxo
‘If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.’ Romans 10:9
If you would like to listen a wonderful Easter message from Rick Warren link here. He speaks from the place he describes as the ‘darkest year of his life’.
And here to listen to the song I’m playing on repeat this morning!