The good news for the day April 16, 2017
On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning—it was still dark—but saw that the stone removed from the tomb. She dashed away—and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, to tell them, “’They’ have taken the One in Charge away from the tomb; we don’t know where they have put him.” Peter and the other disciple then went out themselves and came to the tomb. They both hurried, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter; getting to the tomb first; he bent down and he could see the burial cloths there, but he did not go in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he did go into the tomb and he, too, saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. The other disciple also entered it—the one who had arrived at the tomb first—and he saw and he came to believe. (They did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead.) (John 20)
Easter is your fresh life. No one can reconcile the four gospel accounts of Jesus’ Resurrection. Why? Because it is about you—His resurrection is about YOUR resurrection—because of His. Why do the gospels contradict each other? Because it is not like He just got up like a vampire or ghost story or cells just knitting back into life. You have to change that—put that away, forget it. Jesus, the Person, died and rose. That is the truth. You don’t get it unless you change. You open your heart to accept the contradictions—the mystery. Yes, Jesus Lives! In believing that, you change—you live His Life. You rise from the death of merely existing, merely suffering, merely struggling—to a New Existence. You believe just because of the cloths. You see with new eyes, a discovery, an AHA! Mary, Simon Peter—they did not get it at first. The one whom Jesus loved—got it! It is the impact. You are different on Monday morning—or not. It is your choice to believe—or not. Easter is YOUR fresh life. Now. The story is not history—it is about you.