The cashier stood behind a grocery store register and looked at me with an intensity I hadn’t seen in –well– since Christmas. She said Wal-Mart had Easter bargains going on. IF I was there at midnight Easter evening, I’d see the stock people cutting prices in half. She looked around, her eyes darting behind her as she leaned in close and said, “The best deals are only there for a few hours.”
I gawked at her, red-faced and wide-eyed, took my receipt and mumbled “thank you”.
I felt like I was just transported through time and space from my frumkin farm on Plymouth Rock, to this moment in the future, where Easter is as commercialized as Christmas and everyone has forgotten the real reason for all the excitement.
I wondered at that moment if anyone really knew the greatness of the Easter Bargain we got when we fulfilled the conditions of Romans 10:9-10? Our bargain was paid for in full, so no net 30 day credit cards needed and our net is Eternal life. They say, what we get free, we do not perceive has any value. That’s a shame. Because God paid for us with the life of His son.
Lot’s of people celebrate Easter, and by the way, Happy Easter to you, but for the next fifty days we are going to do something different around here. I’m challenging myself to post one blog per day for the next fifty days. Why? Each day we’ll look at one verse or section of verses about this immeasurable bargain/gift that we received on the Day of Pentecost. Some of those blogs will be short. Some will be long. But I invite you to come along.
As an introduction, I’ll give you this section of verses where Jesus appeared to the apostles and many others multiple times over the course of these days. Here is the first appearance.
1 The first [day] of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. 2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. 3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. 4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. 5 And he stooping down, [and looking in], saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. 6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, 7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. 8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. 9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. 11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, [and looked] into the sepulchre, 12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. 14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. 16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. 17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and [to] my God, and your God. 18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and [that] he had spoken these things unto her.” John 20:1-18
Jesus Christ could’ve appeared to anyone.
Cesar or one of the Jewish Pharisees could have had a visit from him! But Jesus came to Mary. A woman with a pure heart for her teacher. Why Mary Magdalene? She had been a prostitute with seven devil spirits in her before Jesus came and healed her up.
I wrote in my post a few days ago that “She who has been loved the most, has the hardest time walking away”. She was loved out of the perfect hell she had lived in. Jesus changed her life forever! She loved him for that, but He also loved, as in agape loved, her as well. Her world was beyond devastation when he was crucified. His appearance told her that he loved her too and that everything was going to be okay.
Wouldn’t you want to reassure your family first of all that was done. She was his spiritual family. He then proceeded to appear to the rest of the gang. WOW! What a tremendous record of tenderness!
It was a woman Jesus Christ saw first. The BIGGEST thing Jesus did was save women! At that time, women were held under strict control. They were seen as below men. But Jesus Christ ushered in a new age for women. He was the greatest women’s liberator of all time! Why? Because the gift of holy spirit is not a gender biased gift! Equal measure is given to both men and women. A fact that is still not recognized in all circles of Christianity. Sexism and chauvinism against women is still a means of control and manipulation in our lives. But what if, what IF we actually believed what we received in love? What IF!? Wow! We walk by faith not by sight.
Even in our world today, in these modern times, the further away from the knowledge of Christ that a country lives, the further into slavery a woman is held. Women are always the first victims. Then children and families.
And you wonder why I have Supporting Godly Women… lol.
I hope you enjoy this new series as much as I am.
God bless you today!