Post by Jerrell Jobe, Pastor at Palm valley Community Church
“Mary stood outside the tomb weeping.”
The disciples had left everything to follow Christ. Many had abandoned personal aspirations, hopes and dreams. They had placed all their trust in this Rabbi – Jesus. They believed He was about to establish a new kingdom, but now He lies lifeless within the tomb. “What will we do now?” they wondered. “I suppose I can go back to work with my dad,” added another. Others sat despondently on the verge of depression, unable to sort out the events of the past seventy-two hours.
Have you ever wondered what they would have done had Jesus never risen from the dead? I imagine they would have somehow found their way back into the rhythms of life, as they had once known it. But who knows? After all, Peter had once said, “Where else can we go?” What if the tomb remained darkened with death?
Reflection: Take a few moments to reflect on these questions:
- What if Jesus had never risen from the dead?
- What would your life be like today, had Jesus never invaded and restored your soul?
This may, indeed, be a deep reflection, but do not be too quick to climb out of the grave. Allow yourself to feel the darkness of sin and death without a Savior in sight. Allow yourself to experience the ambiguity that these first disciples felt. Then, spend time rejoicing and thanking God for bringing light into your life.
Jerrell Jobe is a teaching pastor at Palm Valley Community Church in Mission, Texas. Jerrell is deeply grateful for the transformative power of the resurrection and contributes to a weekly Lent Guide for his congregation. You can follow him on Twitter @jerrelljobe