Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A Morning Cup of Tea: He is Not Here, But is Risen

 Good morning! Today we are reading chapter 24, the final chapter in the book of Luke. I have the dubious pleasure of typing while Max, one of my cats, does his morning grooming on my lap. I have removed Max several times and several times Mr. Stubborn has returned. Insistent little fellow.
    It is now the first day of the week--Sunday. The women, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, have gone to the tomb with their spices so they can prepare Jesus' body. They were not able to do that after his death because it was too close to sundown, the beginning of the Sabbath. The ladies are perplexed to see the stone rolled away. They do not know what to think of this. Two men in shining garments appear and ask them, Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen.
   The women run and tell the eleven disciples, but the men don't believe them. They think the women are just making up tales out of their grief. But for whatever reason, Peter goes to the tomb himself, and sees that the stone is indeed rolled away, and the linen clothes Jesus had been wrapped in are the only things in the sepulcre.
  Two of the men went to a town called Emmaus, and Jesus appeared to them. They did not realize it was him while he was talking, until that evening when he blessed the food and gave it to them.  A short time later Jesus appeared to the disciples and pointed out his hands and his feet, and even ate a piece of broiled fish to show that he was indeed flesh and blood in front of them. He opened their eyes to the scriptures that pointed out that repentance and remission of sins should be taught in all nations, beginning in Jerusalem.
 Jesus led them out as far as Bethany and blessed them, and was carried up to heaven. 
 Have a great day.

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