Wednesday, January 04, 2006
When the Sabbath was over . . . .
Mark 16:1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought aromatic spices so that they might go and anoint him.
Are these just throw-away words used to set the stage for the arrival of the women to anoint the body of Jesus after His crucifixion? Far from it! These words have something very important to say to us at Christmas.
Chances are you are reading this devotion sometime after Christmas has come and gone. So what now? Is the best you have to look forward to a trip to the malls to return gifts? Is your mind suddenly filled with taking down the decorations, making trips to the attic, and returning your house to the usual chaos after the special Christmas chaos? If Christmas is nothing more than sparkles and bows, it will last about as long as a green-sprinkled, tree-shaped cookie.
When the Sabbath was over, the women encountered the empty grave and the reality that Jesus had risen from the grave. When the Sabbath was over, their lives took on new purpose as the angel commanded them to share the Good News with the others in Galilee.
Christmas is over, and our lives should never be the same. Christmas is over, and we have been reminded how God took on human form to share in all the aspects of life, including the suffering, that we must endure. Christmas is over, and we have hopefully drawn closer to our God, Who not only lived, but lives today. Let the reality of this awesome truth take hold of you as you enter even more joyfully the days after Christmas.
O Lord, my God, may my life reflect the glorious truth that You have walked the earth as a human being. May my life bear witness that You continue to live and reign. May my life be one of joyful expectation of Your arrival once more. In the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
This was an online Devotional that was emailed to me I didn't know who wrote it, but I still wanted to post it.
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