In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee; 'The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again'"
THEN THEY REMEMBERED HIS WORDS.
|I got home from work & my 3 yr old hands me this drawing.
He said.."LOOK DADDY, JESUS ISN'T THERE!"
My 6 yr old made me this for me...
she said "Jesus is in our heart & He loves us!"
In Luke we see the women at the tomb. Their hearts are broken. Their futures are uncertain. Jesus their Lord was dead. How could it be? Wasn't He the Messiah? Wasn't Jesus THE ONE? AND NOW HIS BODY IS MISSING? They are confronted by the angels in the midst of their panic/uncertainty , and they are reminded of what Jesus had said...."on the third day be raised again."
"THEN THEY REMEMBERED HIS WORDS."
This cracks me up. THEN THEY REMEMBERED HIS WORDS(after the angels reminded them)! How could they forget such a thing? They walked with Jesus! They knew His voice! How could they forget such an important part of God's plan when He spoke those very words to them(collective them..not just the women at the tomb).
In the midst of my high & mighty head shaking at the thought of such a thing...God reminded me how I do the same exact thing...DAILY! I have the HOLY SPIRIT, THE WORD OF GOD, AND PRAYER, yet I still doubt or do things my own way when they go directly against what I know is true. I live as if I've not heard these things spoken by my Lord?!? I doubt just as they did. What does the Lord have to do to get me to understand? Does He need to jump up and down, try new things, get something flashy to catch my attention? I am thankful that God repeats Himself! I am glad God is patient...and long suffering. I'm blessed that my Lord knows that I got issues...and these issues sometimes get in my way of learning/understanding/implementing. He is a God that wants us to REMEMBER HIS WORDS....even if it isn't the first time around.
On this Resurrection Sunday....thank the Lord for being patient/long suffering with us!! And thank Him for being a God of second chances(and third..forth..fifth...etc).
HE IS RISEN!!(Just as He said!!!)
Thank you for coming, living, loving, teaching, dying, and resurrecting.
Thank you for your example.
Thank you for being the BEST teacher.
May we be patient, kind, and loving with all those around us who don't seem to "get it" the first time. May we speak your truth in love over and over and over again. May we be Your light in this world...reflecting You to all who cross our path. \