I HAVE SEEN THE LORD - REFLECTION
Every time this season comes around, I find myself wondering what the people in Jesus' day must have felt from the time He breathed his last breath on the Cross to the moment the stone rolled away and the angels appeared to the women at the tomb revealing that Jesus had risen.
Can you imagine your loved one, a brother, sister, parent, or best friend rising up from the dead? Nope. All I can think of is The Walking Dead, and I'm not even into that whole craze. Anyway, what a terrible tangent. Back to Jesus and LIVING in the glory of the Resurrection!
We read in scripture about the encounter Mary Magdalene had with the risen Christ. But before that, John 20:11 says:
Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent down to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus' body had been. They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away," she said, "And I do not know where they put him." At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
This song "I Have Seen The Lord" paints a picture of what Easter morning might have looked like at the tomb through the eyes of Mary Magdalene, one of my favorite biblical figures. I find her to be so relatable, because I too am a sinner, broken and after the heart of Christ.
Continuing along in this scripture passage it says, "Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.’ She turned towards him and cried out in Aramaic, ‘Rabboni!’ (Which means ‘Teacher’).” And suddenly her eyes were opened to see Christ in her midst, fully alive. We all know the story, but WHAT EVEN!?
There are moments in our lives when we turn around to find ourselves standing face-to-face with Jesus, and we do not realize it or have faith to see him. I am challenged every single day with this exact struggle. Believing in something we can't typically hear or see isn't an easy task by any means. But even though faith is intangible, it is not out of our reach.
Faith is a part of our walk with Christ. It's something in which we must grow little by little. I pray daily for new eyes to see the goodness of God and who He truly is, and I invite you to do the same. Hebrews 11:1 says, "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."
Like Mary Magdalene, we too are broken and in desperate need of the saving and redemptive power of Jesus. We may not always have the faith to see Christ in the day-to-day or to follow Him in the light of truth He has laid out for us, but even when we're blinded by the ways of the world, the light of Christ shines into even the darkest places of our heart. It is my prayer that you and I together would receive the risen Christ with new eyes this Easter so that we, like Mary Magdalene might proclaim with certainty, “I have seen the Lord!” Happy Easter!
Written by John
- Imagine waking up early Easter morning to find the tomb was empty and Jesus no longer there. What would your reaction be? And why?
- Do you struggle to see Jesus in the day-to-day life? In what ways?
- What does "faith" mean to you? How is Jesus inviting you to grow in faith this Easter season?