April 20, 2014

john1-4

John 1:1-18, Isaiah 51:9-11

In the early morning shadow of the empty tomb, Mary weeps. She weeps because her Lord’s body is missing; he’s gone. Yet, in an instant her sorrow is turned to joy when the risen Christ calls her by name. Jesus tells Mary, “Don’t cling to me.” In essence, Jesus tells Mary she is not to cling to him as though he has been returned to his friends. He has not been raised in the same way he raised Lazarus just weeks before. Jesus’ resurrection is the conquering of death; it is the victory over sin and the grave. Jesus’ resurrection means God’s people are to let go of their sinful past and begin a new life as redeemed children of God.

Easter makes a difference. Barriers and obstacles to life in God’ kingdom longer exist. The walls built up by sin have been torn down by the power of God’s love. We need not cling to a past filled with despair and separation. Sorrow and sighing are sent away bringing overwhelming joy to the lives of God’s people. For our sake and for our salvation, Jesus died and was raised. Christ has triumphed! Because he lives we shall live also.

Prayer: Almighty God, with joy and thanksgiving we give you praise, for through Christ you have saved your people. Amen. Alleluia!

 Today’s devotion was written by David Nuottila,
Pastor of Union Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.

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