For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18
And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. Mark 16:6
I lay awake in wonder why I do not slumber. I prayed through my list of family and friends, lifted my worries to God, and laid my plans for the next day before Him to guide me. I recalled peaceful psalms and scriptures, then eventually I slipped into sleep-filled adventures. I’d love to say that it was a long and peaceful sleep, but something awoke me an hour later, and then the disruptive pattern continued throughout the night. Many events crossed my mind while I was awake.
One part of my sleepless night was due to remembering a passed event when my husband and I drove out of state, to take my mother-in-love to an appointment for choosing the granite for her and her late husband’s grave marker.
This was a very difficult day filled with much emotion. Though death is final, it is not to those who live on. Many who lose a loved one want to remember and honor them in an extraordinary way.
My mother-in-love turned through pages of designs of crosses because she wanted their Christian faith to be known. We all agreed that a cross with Christ still on it, sent the wrong message. We know that Jesus is no longer there. He has risen to be beside His Father in Heaven and eagerly waits for His family to join Him. The cross, as well as the tomb, are empty!
He has risen!
Christians are not left with emptiness, because we have the promise of being with our Lord in Heaven. While still here, we cling to His Word, pray to Him for all things and look forward to the day of His return or when we go home.
In the end that day, though it was sad in some ways, we honored our loved ones, sought the Lord for strength and chose a classic look with a beautiful, empty cross.
Prayer: Dear Father, you sent your perfect Son to be crucified on the cross. He suffered and died to take away the sins of the world of each and every person. I should have been there: we all should have been there, but you chose your Son to stand in our place to give us new life. Help us to see how to live this new life to honor you. In your Son’s precious name, Jesus. Amen.
For further reading: Mark 16