The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
As I write this, it is actually the week before Easter. My mind has been racing this morning as I think through all the things I need to still do to get ready for Easter. I started to make a to-do list, but my getting-ready-for-Easter list quickly ran past Easter to the things I need to do the week after. My list got really long – really fast.
That’s when I remembered a devotional I had read that was written by Lysa TerKeurst last year. It was the week after Easter and she wrote about how she wasn’t quite willing to put Easter away just yet – that it wasn’t done with her yet. There was more God wanted her to learn about the glorious truths of what Jesus accomplished through the cross and His resurrection.
The reality is that the enormous love and mercy displayed in Jesus’ death and resurrection aren’t truths meant to take out and just put on display one day a year. They hold great significance for our lives and our days…every day. They aren’t truths to run past too quickly, but to really soak in the depth of what they mean to us personally. But in those moments this morning, I had put Easter away and moved onto the next week…before it had even arrived.
This week as we pack away Easter baskets and decorations, maybe let’s linger just a bit longer on what Jesus did for us personally. Let it be personal – because it is.
In the devotional I read, Lysa broke down Matthew 28:5-7 bit by bit and offered short prayers around phrases in the verse. For the remainder of the week, we will use those prayers as our guide to help us sit just a little bit longer with Jesus and the life changing truths of Easter.