31 Mar While it is Still Dark…
I have a beautiful vase of lilies on my table, filling my house with the sweet fragrance of spring. Candy eggs and chocolate crosses are lining the shelves at stores, and the signs of Easter are everywhere. I love this time of year and the signs of new life and promise it brings.
It reminds me of the many beautiful gifts of this season: salvation, redemption, healing, and transformation — all of these things set in motion on that hill far away, so long ago.
Can you imagine what it was like that quiet morning of mourning? For those following Jesus, it seemed all they believed in and hoped for was lost, dead, gone.
Little did they know – there was MORE.
There are varying accounts of who went to the tomb that first Easter morning, but every account has this in common: the first people to witness the resurrection were WOMEN whom Jesus loved.
He did in death what He did in life. He crossed the boundaries of gender, and, at a time in history when women did not have a voice, He chose and trusted the women He loved to spread the news that would shake the earth.
The account of the resurrection as reported in the gospel of John says, “Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.”
Do you know which words jumped off the page at me when I read that sentence?
While it was still dark…
That is when I have experienced Jesus the most in my life. While it was still dark.
In the darkness of depression. When I was sinking in the quicksand of grief. When I feared all that I believed in and hoped for was lost, dead, gone. That is where He appears.
The women who first encountered the risen Jesus were doing life together. They were comforting each other, going to the tomb to anoint his body with spices and getting the job done despite their grief. And Jesus met them right there. Jesus instructed them to use their voice to spread the good news, and the whole world listened.
May we be found nurturing our relationship with Jesus even when it’s dark. May we answer the call to spread the good news that He is risen!
Praying blessings over you and your families at Eastertime and always!
PS. Would you help us bring this message to more women this month by sharing it in your social media? We believe we are Better Together and, together, we are shining a bright light into the world. And, if it has spoken to you, we would love to see your comment below 🙂