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The Good News for the day, April 1, 2018

Easter–the Passage to a New Life

It was the first day of the week. Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning—it was still dark—but she could see that the stone was gone from the tomb entrance. So, she ran—going to Simon Peter and to that other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and she told them, “They have taken our Leader from the tomb! We don’t have any idea where they put him.” So—Peter and the other disciple left where they were—and arrived at the tomb. They were both running—but  the other disciple ran faster than Peter and got to the tomb first; when he bent down, he could see the burial sheets right there, but he didn’t go on in When Simon Peter arrived after him, he did go into the tomb and he, too, saw the burial sheets there as well as the cloth that had covered his head. It was not with the other burial sheets; it was rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple went in, too (the one who had arrived at the tomb first); he saw; he believed. (They just did not yet “get” the Bible—that it was necessary for him to rise from among the dead.)  (John 20)

John’s Gospel has “signs”—telling events to reveal the kind of person Jesus is. These signs point readers to faith because they indicate He loves humans. Study the events—each instance inspires those involved to start faith because Jesus cares. The narratives are not just what happened— not scientific history, but what they mean.

The “sign” this time is absence. Both the sinful, repentant Peter and “the beloved disciple” see the tomb empty, the tidy burial cloths revealing the body was not stolen.

Some people see the empty tomb—and don’t believe. Others—loved—knowing they are loved—see the empty tomb and realize that the loving Jesus is Alive with His Love still. His love is eternal, permanent— stronger than death. It is love that raises him from the dead—love for others. The Love between Father and Child.

If—in your love—if you feel loved—surrounded by beauty, reason, wonder, joy, hope—and gratitude—then you KNOW Jesus lives. Risen from dull history, from mere hope, from grief and depression—from a harsh, horrible death—He Is Alive!

If you don’t feel loved by someone (or everything), then faith becomes harder.

Someone does not disbelieve—but may not believe. (Being loved—that’s the point of not naming this individual.) Being loved comes first, and then faith. Jesus was loved—is loved—permanently—and so He survives anything. The Universe is Good; your Father Keeps You in a loved Existence. You are loved—now share that caring, kind love—to raise others from their “death.’ THAT is the sign of the absent body.

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