Very early in the morning . . .
The night is over and the promise of a new day infringes upon the darkness. Just a glimpse of dawn-breaking at first light, but the sun will have its way.
Mary and the women came expecting death wrapped in linen. They found an empty tomb.
Peter, who denied three times, wondered where he would go from here, but he was found by the Shepherd who seeks out the lost sheep.
Disciples, fearfully hiding behind closed doors, could not believe the reports they were told until He gloriously appeared to them.
Thomas, waiting a full week later, sees, believes and proclaims, “My Lord and my God.”
Evil did not triumph. Death was not the end. A tomb could not contain and hold the majesty of Heaven.
On the first day of the week, a new day dawned, a new covenant completed, the law of love becoming the seal of commitment.
Nothing in history equals it. No other man ever consummated such a magnificent plan. It was conceived in the mind of the God-head, designed before creation, predicted by the prophets, and accomplished through a Savior.
The Suffering Servant became the Victorious Champion, the Great High Priest who invites unto the very presence of a holy God.
“But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” — John 20:31
He lives! Celebrate His victory over death, hell, and the grave. Believe and accept the life He offers to whosoever will.
There is life in Jesus’ name.
[photo by MaRanda Green]