On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 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 into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” Then they remembered his words (Lk 24:1-8 emph mine).
It was the very first day of the week. Very early in the morning. And these women were expecting one thing . . . only to find quite another.
While they were wondering about it all, they were prompted by God's heavenly messengers to remember.
The angels carried an ageless message for us all, Remember how He told us...
We must remember the teachings of Jesus. Especially in the face of the bewildering.
What if they had gone away dejected? What if, in their profound grief, they left—lost in their misunderstanding of the Christ?
What if they chose not to remember His words of truth and promise?
What if we?
Instead, they remembered.
They ran to share the good news with others and experienced the triumph of the risen Lord—because they chose to believe. And their faith soon became sight when they saw the Resurrected Christ.
Faith in Christ is the instead that changes everything.
Remembering Jesus helps us to better deal with the things that perplex us. It allows our grief to give birth to joy. It turns our mourning to rejoicing. It fuels the hope that death leads to life. Just like it did for those women.
Remember, our Savior no longer hangs on a cross. Our God is not dead, buried in an Israeli tomb. He is risen! He lives!
That’s something to remember . . . always.
Gracious and Merciful Father, we rejoice that Jesus is glorified! He is risen . . . alive! Praise be to our great God! His life is now available to all. Hallelujah and Amen!