“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb…”In her grief, Mary is at the tomb. She is there early, in darkness. The resurrection light dawns on her before many others. Jesus speaks powerfully into her life, because she is there, at the tomb, on the first day, early, in the darkness. Where are you these days in your life? Do you seek the Lord in the high places, in the exuberant celebrations, in the noise? Sometime we find him by the tomb places. He is risen! Resurrect us Lord!
“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” There is a down-to-earth, real and practical relevance to our need for a Savior. It’s not just a theological, intellectual ideal. Jesus’ saving work through cross and resurrection mean we can receive mercy and find grace to help us in everyday living and leading. Where do you need mercy and grace today? Lord Jesus, thank you for mercy and grace; help me to find them each day in You.
“So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober…since we belong to the day.” Advent begins with themes of waiting for the promises of God and coming of a Savior. We are reminded that one of the dangers of waiting is the temptation to fall asleep as the people of God. In what ways am I asleep these days? In what ways do I manifest that I am a child of light? -Keep us awake gracious God, to your saving work in the world that we might join you in it.
“Now to him who is able to keep you from falling and to make you stand without blemish in the presence of his glory with rejoicing…” What a powerful verse; every word is loaded. To think of a Savior who keeps us, strengthens us, purifies us, and brings us into his presence in such a way that our response will be not fear, but rejoicing, is mind boggling. How could living in the reality of these truths change our hearts, our lives, and our future? Which words are most significant to you? You, O Lord Jesus, are simply amazing!