“He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come see where his body was lying”
After a tragedy, it is easy to go about your business lost in a haze. Everything seems mundane and without purpose. Major tragedies can rock us to the core of our being, shattering what faith we may have. After seeing her Lord and Savior hanging on the cross, I’m sure that Mary Magdalene was struggling to figure out what she was going to do with her life. Jesus had done so much for her. He had been the one who showed her real love and forgave her sins. She had traveled with Him and helped minister to the disciples and other people who followed Him. She anointed his feet with perfume because she owed her life to him. In short, the man she owed her life to had been crucified. She had to go on with her life, so she did. Three days after Jesus had been buried, she made the journey to see His tomb. Maybe she was looking for answers to all of the questions swimming through her head. I would have been. What she finds however, changes everything. When she arrives at the tomb, the ground shakes in a violent earthquake, an angel appears and the stone rolls back. The angel sits on the stone and says to her, “He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come see where his body was lying.” (Matthew 28:6) At a time when Mary was focused on tragedy and trying to figure out how she was going to live the rest of her life, Jesus brings the unexpected. But look at how Mary reacts. “Afraid yet filled with joy” (Matthew 28:8) she left the tomb to go find the disciples and tell them the news. What a strange combination of emotions. Afraid because she had no idea what was happening or what to expect, yet filled with joy because Jesus, her Savior was ALIVE! This is where God wants us to live. It is natural to be afraid when you don’t know what is going on and you are not in control. As humans, we think logically and naturally expect things to happen in a certain order. Jesus died, Mary expected to visit his tomb and find the stone still there. God wants us to remember that He is in control and He works through the unexpected. At the same time, there is joy in this. Joy in knowing that whatever the future holds, it is going to be great because Christ is alive! We may not know how God will use the hard times in our lives, but we can take joy in knowing that what ever it is, Christ our Savior will be right there beside us because He is risen!