Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Deep in wonder and full of joy

That small phrase jumped out of me this morning.

Deep in wonder and full of joy.

Maybe it isn't supposed to happen all the time. But I think it is supposed to happen at least occasionally. Here is the story of the resurrection morn...

1 -4 "After the Sabbath, as the first light of the new week dawned, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to keep vigil at the tomb. Suddenly the earth reeled and rocked under their feet as God's angel came down from heaven, came right up to where they were standing. He rolled back the stone and then sat on it. Shafts of lightning blazed from him. His garments shimmered snow-white. The guards at the tomb were scared to death. They were so frightened, they couldn't move."

OK, a little feminism here. The big burly gaurds - fully trained for war and fully armed? Scared to death.

Two believing women - frail, alone, worried, deep in thought? Well they left deep in wonder and full of joy!

5 -6 "The angel spoke to the women: "There is nothing to fear here. I know you're looking for Jesus, the One they nailed to the cross. He is not here. He was raised, just as he said. Come and look at the place where he was placed.

7"Now, get on your way quickly and tell his disciples, 'He is risen from the dead. He is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there.' That's the message."

8 -10 The women, deep in wonder and full of joy, lost no time in leaving the tomb. They ran to tell the disciples."

Jesus honors these two women, by appearing to them first. Before the disciples. Before any of the other believers. Jesus appeared to them first!

"Then Jesus met them, stopping them in their tracks. "Good morning!" he said. They fell to their knees, embraced his feet, and worshiped him. Jesus said, "You're holding on to me for dear life! Don't be frightened like that. Go tell my brothers that they are to go to Galilee, and that I'll meet them there."

When you meet Jesus... When you fall at his feet and worship him...

You leave deep in wonder and full of joy!

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