John 20:1-18 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” 3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.
11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. 13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. 15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). 17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.
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Observation: We are family on mission! Happy Easter!! I see my God’s mighty power at work as Jesus beats sin and death and is raised from the dead. This in and of itself is more than enough, but God is generous, so I also see His overwhelming love for me as Jesus invites me into His family when He says, “My Father and your Father, My God and your God.” I hear Him sending me out on mission to “go and tell.” I am in Jesus’ family and He has purpose for my lifeJ As I write this, I am in awe that Jesus wants me in His family. I know this as a fact, but not sure I live it out day-to-day. I know that in my family I surrender my wants, my agenda, and my will for the benefit of the whole family. I hear God saying trust Me, I am your perfect heavenly Father, and there are some areas of your life that you have not yet surrendered to Me.
Action: My schedule is what I need to surrender to God; I know that it is too busy. To be truthful, I am surprised at how uncomfortable this is for me – I hadn’t realized that I’m living a life that in this area, by my very actions says, “I do not trust You to provide for me.” I currently work 1 full-time job and 2 part-time jobs, and while the income is nice, we do not need it to put food on the table. I want to be part of God’s family on mission and my overly busy schedule often keeps me from this. I will choose to trust God, by the end of April I will have retired from one of my jobs and will have a full day off each week.