DAY 41: EASTER SUNDAY, MARCH 27
Pray: Dear God, My Lord is risen! There is so much that I still don’t understand, and so much that is coming to life inside me. Give me eyes to see the eternal as set my heart and mind on Christ. Help me live into the resurrection as I go forward. Let me know the fullness of my real life, hidden in Christ with God. Amen.
Read: Then Peter and the other disciple went to the tomb. The two of them were running, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and saw the linen cloths, but he did not go in. Behind him came Simon Peter, and he went straight into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there and the cloth which had been around Jesus’ head. It was not lying with the linen cloths but was rolled up by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in; he saw and believed. They still did not understand the scripture which said that he must rise from death Then the disciples went back home.
You have been raised to life with Christ, so set your hearts on the things that are in heaven, where Christ sits on his throne at the right side of God. Keep your minds fixed on things there, not on things here on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Your real life is Christ and when he appears, then you too will appear with him and share his glory!
Reflect: Peter and one of the disciples hear the women’s news and race to the tomb. Imagine their astonishment at finding Jesus linen cloths empty. The cloth that wrapped his head is rolled up. And Jesus is nowhere to be seen-he is not bound to the trappings of burial, but has walked away free!
This Easter Sunday, we are also filled with excitement and awe. We’ve heard the news of Jesus’s resurrection-and through our Lenten the news of walked through the wilderness and journey we have encountered it personally. We have down Jesus’ path of suffering. We have recognized our own needs, pain and sin-and applied the healing made available through Jesus’s sacrifice right where we need it. We have practiced living in closer union with God through our spiritual disciplines. But this is only the beginning of our journey. Now we begin the journey of living into the resurrection the apostle Paul calls our real life.
As we set our hearts and minds on things above, where Christ is, we are given eyes for the eternal. We begin to perceive the small, daily deaths and resurrections in and around us-as all of creation is drawn towards wholeness in God. We are no longer trapped in our grave clothes-our lusts, desires and oppressive systems-but set free, offered new life, equipped to walk a new path! This new life is like a sweet fragrance that not even the stench of death can quench. It heralds God’s peace, like the women proclaiming the resurrection. Jesus new life, offered to us, prepares us to share in God’s glory.
Respond: As our season of Lent comes to a close, consider how news of Jesus’ you will live into the good testimony going forward. Perhaps you will be like the women at Jesus tomb and share your with what with others. Or you may be like Peter and the other disciple and continue grappling the new you don’t yet understand. Ask God to give you discernment about how to nurture life inside you, and trust that God will bring all things to completion through Christ.