“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.” – John 20:1
Would you say that you’ve seen a miracle? Miracle defined as, “event or action that contradicts usual expectations.” I have over my life (seen things) that still may defy explanation.
Mary comes that morning to the tomb and sees what probably defied explanation. The huge stone had been removed. That which would have taken many men had happened while most were rubbing the sleepy sand from their eyes. Mary is the first of the disciples to have her eyes begin to realize that the usual expectations about death and crucifixion were about to change.
On this day before Easter, the text reminds us that the real rules of creation are written by the creator and not the creatures. God has instilled into this order the expectation that his Spirit can transform the usual into extraordinary, simply in response to his love. As we travel our lives, therefore, we are called to become more open to the presence of God’s miracle of love that holds all the power in creation and to let this spirit become a part of our lives. Yet we must work on becoming open this receive Easter transformation.
Martin Luther who lived by grace (miracle) said it this way, “This life therefore is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness, not health but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it, the process is not yet finished, but it is going on, this is not the end, but it is the road. All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified.”
May God keep our eyes wide open to see.
Prayer: Lord. make me an Easter disciple that I may with joy and thanksgiving receive you and continue on the road of walking more closely with you.
Pastor Ed Heim