Could it be overwhelming grief suddenly turned to hope...
"When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body." Mark 16:1
How difficult was it for these women to get up, go shopping, and do their duty for the most important dead person in their lives... Who will roll the stone away they discussed...
Grief is a part of life and extremely difficult to walk through...
Grief due to a promising business that fails.
Grief due to a life enhancing relationship ends.
Grief due to a life mission being destroyed.
Grief due to a loved one whom dies.
Grief due to failure of any and every kind is enough to keep anyone and everyone in the bed of depression and discouragement.
Back to these devoted followers of Jesus.
As they arrived, the stone was already rolled, the tomb was empty, an angel began to speak to them.
“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen! Remember how He told you, while He was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered His words. Luke 24:6-8
The gift of light in darkness.
The gift of life in death.
The gift of hope in hopelessness.
The gift of the resurrected Jesus.
How can we live as if every day is Easter?
Let that one word in Luke 24 grip you and enhance your every day life...
Remember Jesus is alive. He is with you. He is in you. He is for you.
Are you with Jesus? Are you in Jesus? Are you for Jesus?
Some daily ideas...
1. Plan an extended date with Jesus every day.
2. Be in constant communication with Jesus all through out your day; as you do your tasks and relationships.
3. Memorize joyful and helpful passages of Scripture. Remember, Scripture is Jesus.
4. Use meal times to invest in building others up; both Christians and those far from Jesus.
5. Be generous.
6. Be thankful.
"Devote yourself to prayer, being watchful and thankful." Col 4:2
Living as Easter is every day - because it is!