Sunday, April 8, 2012
"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 over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again."' Then they remembered his words."
Easter is our favorite day of the year. As our pastor mentioned today, for Christians this is bigger than the national championship or the Super Bowl. We celebrate the ultimate victory over death.
I know this isn't about me, but I can tell you that Easter is the only day all year that I don't struggle to get up. I'm a night owl, and I'd rather sleep in. But on Easter, I love to get up, because of the anticipation of the worship that's about to come. Last night, I was working on a big project for work until a little past midnight. Yet, this morning when the alarm went off at 6:40, I was already awake. I couldn't wait to go to church.
I have to wonder if the women mentioned at the beginning of this chapter went to the tomb "very early in the morning" in anticipation of what they might see. We know they weren't convinced that Jesus had risen, because when they got there, the "were wondering" why Jesus' body was not there. But they had been around Jesus for a while, and they had to hear Him say a number of times that He would rise again on the third day. Could it possibly be true?
Do you anticipate seeing Jesus in everyday situations? He wants you to see Him as you go through life. We're seeing Jesus all over this particular journey. It's our goal to reflect Him so others can see Him through us.
Tammy continues to do well. She's still sleepy a lot as they slowly rebuild her blood counts (and with that, her energy levels). But she continues to recover nicely. Tomorrow or Tuesday we will find out the results of Friday's biopsy. We're hoping that it will show that the Leukemia is completely gone. The doctors will determine the next step depending on what the test shows. We'll keep you posted.
Today's picture is courtesy of our friend, Anthony. He came up to me after church today and showed me a knit hat he had made for Tammy. We had no idea he was so talented. Tammy was impressed. She immediately put it on, and she looks good in it.