Moving from the Darkness to the Dawn
“Early in the morning on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.” (John 20:1)
You can believe in the Resurrection! Mary’s journey to the tomb symbolizes our journey to full faith in Jesus as the crucified yet risen Savior. She moves from the darkness of despair to the dawning of hope.
“While it was still dark,” Mary stumbles toward the focal point of her deepest pain – the tomb of her Teacher. Even though she believes that Jesus is dead and buried, and that her own life has lost its direction and meaning, she still moves toward Jesus. She comes to grieve, and she does so not by moving away from the source of her pain, not by avoiding it, but by moving forward in the dark to confront it.
At the tomb – symbolizing the finality and all-determining power of death, your death and mine -- Mary finds that the tomb is empty. The space of utter emptiness and stillness, the place deeper than her pain and tears, the place of utter darkness and unknowing, is open. The stone has been rolled away from the tomb. The emptiness and stillness, paradoxically, symbolize new life – the power of God’s love that is greater than the power of sin and death, yours and mine.
This Holy Week and Easter, as we move toward the Cross and the Empty Tomb, we are invited to move toward the place of our deepest pain and alienation, to move toward our griefs, our sorrow for sin, our fear of death, our failures, so that at the Cross we may experience the transformation that Jesus brings to us through his death, and the hope that he offers through his Risen life. Even if you feel you are stumbling in the dark, keep moving toward Jesus, and he will bring you from the darkness of despair to the dawning of hope. Remember, the Resurrection happened – and happens – “while it was still dark”!
Grace and peace,
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