May 19 Reflections

This is the time of the year for graduations from Kindergarten, Eighth Grade, High School and College (Technical and BA’s). There is an ending. A period or chapter of life is over with all the anticipation of the next chapter. What will it be? What will it hold? We think about that for ourselves but also for our loved ones. What is the new beginning going to be? There may be a waiting period, but we look forward to a new start. A new start that the Risen Lord is orchestrating and arranging.
One of the truths about the Risen Lord is that he goes before us. Women who had gone to the tomb of Jesus early on Sunday morning, were told by the young man dressed in white, “Don’t be alarmed, you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee.’” (Mark 16:6-7) The Risen Lord goes before us. The women had just experienced this. They had wondered who will move the stone as they went to the tomb. But when they got there it was already done. Jesus had gone before them. Jesus goes before us.
Jesus is always first. If I would wake in the morning and my first thought would be about Jesus, the very first second, Jesus would already be there before I woke up. The passage in 1 John 4:19 says, “We love because he first loved us.” This doesn’t mean just once in history when he died on the cross for us. It means every second of our lives he first loves us. He is there before you wake up. He is there before you show up to work, or to the Dr.’s appointment. He is there before you get to school or to the job interview. He is there before you face an extremely difficult circumstance. Who will move the stone away? Jesus is already there. He says to you and me, “Trust me, I got this. I go ahead of you.” You don’t have to live in the prison of alarm, worry and fear…Jesus goes before us. We are going to think about this on Sunday as we consider the Risen Lord not only changes lives, forgives and restores, cares, he also goes before us. Scripture to read and reflect on:  Mark 16:1-8; Deuteronomy 31:1-8; 1 John 4:7-19; Psalm 139: 1-12
Grace upon Grace,
Pastor Verlyn