Behold Your King!
by Diane Ward
In the stillness of the Sabbath morning as day breaks, so does the extraordinary news. The tomb is empty, Jesus, is alive! The tomb is empty, and we have seen Jesus on at least five different occasions by the apostles and His followers.
Mary Magdalene was well prepared to witness the facts of Jesus’ ministry, his death and resurrection. She is the only one mentioned by every Gospel writer of record who was present when Jesus died. She was present when Joseph of Arimathea laid Jesus in the tomb.
Jesus had predicted His death and resurrection, assuring those who loved and followed Him they would be with Him again in the Father’s house. (Hebrews 9:28, Gospel of John 14:25-29)
Mary, sister of Lazarus, sitting at the Master’s feet, was it you who had washed His feet just days before He was crucified?
Woman without a name, was it you trembling at the roar of the crowd yet hearing Jesus' words, “go and sin no more”?
Mary, mother of Jesus it was you whose soul would be pierced as Simeon had prophesied?
Jesus, You took the lowest place and did it so completely that no one ever since has been able to wrest it from you.
“Beneath the everlasting arms they bear the print of nails. No matter how far we have sunk, He descends to lift us up. He has plumbed all the hells of this world that He may lift us upwards.” (David Adam, The Edge of Glory.)
Show me how to live as if it were my last day on this earth. Teach me to live a resurrected life because of Your death and resurrection. Amen.