Sepulchre With No Stone

“The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.”–John 20:1

As we have heard in numerous sermons, this verse, along with the first few verses of Matthew 28, Mark 16, and Luke 24, gives the account of Mary Magdalene and her companions’ discovery of the empty tomb. In the following verses, we see the reaction of the disciples to the news followed by Jesus’ appearance among them. This is the culmination of prophecy and the fulfillment of God’s promise. There is no other point in history that could be called THE Game-changer. With the death of Jesus on the cross, His internment in the borrowed tomb, and triumphant resurrection on the third day, mankind gained direct access to the Throne of God. But this week’s verse is more than a great opening line.

One of the first things about Mary Magdalene’s trip to the sepulchre that we see is the time. She, along with other women, came early on the first day of the week. They were so anxious to go to where Jesus’ body lay, they didn’t even wait for the sun to rise. Their only concern was how they were going to roll the stone away that covered the opening of the tomb. Of course, they had yet to discover what awaited them.

Too often, we want to wait until things aren’t looking so dark before we are ready to go to Jesus; unfortunately, that means many won’t go to Him at all. We believe waiting until it gets light will help us see the obstacles in our path and, therefor, make it easier for us to overcome these obstacles. It is easy to forget we are to walk by faith. Mary and the others didn’t wait until daylight so they could see the stone, they went believing the stone would be taken care of once they reached the tomb. When they arrived, the women realized their one obstacle they had feared had already been taken care of.

We all have to deal with darkness of some sort at one time or another in our lives, and we are unsure of the obstacles in our path the darkness might conceal. When we step out on faith and begin to come to Jesus when it is dark, we often discover that the obstacles we were dreading to face have already been removed.

This Easter season, as we celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, let us remember it is never too early to come to Him. Whether you have yet to accept Him into your life, or have walked with Him for some time, He is there to help you past any obstacles you encounter. Isn’t it time we start walking by faith and not by sight?

May God richly bless you is our prayer.

Grandmother And Her Faith

Grandmother And Her Faith

“…When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.”–2nd Timothy 1:5

I know we were expecting to continue our look at the Creation this morning, but God had other plans. Yesterday morning (Friday), at the age of 96, my grandmother passed away. It has been a day we have both dreaded and prayed for. No one wants to lose a loved one, but after 96 years, she was longing to be with the Lord. More than anything the past couple of years, she wanted to go Home. Yesterday, God finally answered her prayer. Are we sad? Yes, to an extent. Are we going to miss her? Only for a little while. She leaves behind three children, eight grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and a few great-great-children. She also leaves brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

More than that, however, she leaves behind the example of how we should live. She showed each of us what it means to live for, and trust in, God. At one time or another, each of us has been lifted up in her prayers. In sorrow, we still know we need to thank God for blessing us with such a wonderful woman.

Thursday, most of the family who lived near paid her a final visit, not because we knew it was going to be the final time, but because we knew it was getting close. We each got to sit at her bedside and hold her hand and talk to her a bit. As I held her hand, I tried to bring a smile to her face, but her suffering wouldn’t allow it. When I told her I loved her, she tried to respond—she didn’t have to, of course, we knew she did. I joked about being her favorite grandchild, and it is true, I am. I’m her favorite because I am me; just as my cousins are her favorites because they are her grandchildren as well.

When I got the news of her passing, I knew today’s post was going to be different since 2nd Timothy 1:5 was the first thing I thought of. In Paul’s 2nd letter to Timothy, he speaks of the young man’s faith. It was the same faith he saw in Timothy’s mother and grandmother. Everyone who knew my grandmother, knew of her faith; I hope they see that same faith in me. In truth, she is part of the reason this blog exists. Had it not been for the example of her and my own mother, I would not have the faith I do.

Friday morning, as we awaited the arrival of the coroner, I got to kiss her forehead and say goodbye. When they arrived, they asked the family to step out of the room while they prepared to carry her out. One of the coroners asked if we preferred her face to be covered or uncovered when they took her out. I told him it didn’t matter,since all they had was the shell; her soul had gone on and her love remained behind. Those are the important things.

If you have someone of great faith in your family, strive to emulate that faith. There are few compliments greater than having your faith compared to someone such as that.

Until we meet again in the Presence Of God, my sweet Granny.

Wreath Of Victory, Banner Of Faith

Wreath Of Victory, Banner Of Faith

“Do not be lazy. Run each day’s race with all your might, so that at the end you will receive the victory wreath from God. Keep on running even when you have had a fall. The victory wreath is won by him who does not stay down, but always gets up again, grasps the banner of faith and keeps on running in the assurance that Jesus is Victor.”–Basilea Schlink

Study More Sure Than Lightning Strike

Study More Sure Than Lightning Strike

“I prayed for faith and thought that some day faith would come down and strike me like lightning. But faith did not seem to come. One day I read in the tenth chapter of Romans, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” I had up to this time closed my Bible and prayed for faith. I now opened my Bible and began to study, and faith has been growing ever since.”–D.L. Moody

Revolution Not Evolution

Revolution Not Evolution

“We need a quickening of faith; faith in the power of the God of Pentecost to convict and convert three thousand in a day. Faith, not in a process of culture by which we hope to train children into a state of salvation, but faith in the mighty God who can quicken a dead soul into life in a moment; faith in moral and spiritual revolution rather than evolution.”–A.C. Dixon

Veiled Faces Of Angels

Veiled Faces Of Angels

In prayer, we stand where angels bow with veiled faces. There, even there, the cherubim and seraphim adore before that selfsame throne to which our prayers ascend. And shall we come there with stunted requests and narrow, contracted faith?”–Charles Spurgeon