Pastor’s Corner Rev. Barb Muhs, pastor, Salem Church of Lincoln Lincoln, Iowa
April 18, 2014
The first day of the week and Mary Magdalene is at the tomb quite early - while it is still dark The tomb is opened, the stone rolled away; she runs to tell Peter and the beloved disciple. Mary is confused and perplexed because “we do not know”. Events of that morning made all pronouncements of knowledge obsolete..shattered by the resurrection. There was weeping, mourning,confusion and amazement! While Mary faces the tomb to weep, her back is toward Jesus, Mary seeks a lifeless corpse instead of a living Lord thus she mistakes the Savior for a servant until she hears a familiar voice, “Mary”. Now she recognizes him, she knows where her Lord is. She has found whom she has sought. THe voice that brought Lazarus from the grave breaks through the power of death and makes new life possible. “Do not hold me!” Puzzling words and yet these words open us to a new future. Mary knows that nothing will return to normal, whatever that may be. Mary is wise enough to know that the resurrection brings a new order that changes everything. Jesus gives Mary something better to do. Mary is to go out and let others know that Jesus is risen just as he said. Mary has a mission to fulfill and so do we! Whom do you seek? A dead corpse or a living Lord? I encourage you to join Mary in moving from weeping to joy, from despair to hope, from death to life. I encourage you to remember that Easter is a season, a season in which we should look for new possibilities even in our own impossibilities. As you celebrate Easter may you also think about how it is that we serve a Risen Savior.
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