on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. – Luke 24:1
Question: Who were the first people to see evidence of the resurrection?
Answer: a) Those who were bold. b) Those who took time to “prepare.” c) Those who offered a gift of love and compassion.
- Primarily, it’s a dozen men who get official credit for being Disciples … but … there were also a number of women who were equally devoted to Jesus and to his teachings. (They were disciples too.) And when their teacher, Lord, and master was crucified, they spent a day preparing the burial spices to go and minister in compassion to the one they loved as he lay dead in a tomb. And Jesus met them there! The spiritual principle: When we minister to Jesus in love and compassion, our Lord meets us there!
- Their going to the tomb was an act of incredible boldness! An extreme hatred and persecution killed Jesus. These women knew that this extreme evil could be pour out on them if they stood up for the one who was just treated so vilely. They knew the risks. But the love and compassion created a boldness that trumped their fear. And Jesus met them there! The spiritual principle: When we venture boldly, in spite of our earthly fears, our Lord meets us there!
- And here’s the part that I love most about this story … Going to the tomb wasn’t random. It wasn’t haphazard. It wasn’t accidental. It was intentional. They “prepared” the spices to care for the body lying in the tomb. They “prepared” their hearts to confront their grief. They went intentionally, bold, with love and compassion. And Jesus met them there! The spiritual principle: When we are intentional in ministering to, for, and with Jesus, our Lord meets us there!
Do you want to be blessed in life? Well, God can and does occasionally surprise us. But don’t count on randomness as an adequate formula for blessing! God normally meets us when we are … bold … intentional … and ministry to, for, and with Jesus in love and compassion.
Thus, if you want more of God, which of those steps is your next needed action.
In Christ’s Love,
a guy who generally
buys “prepared mustard” –
so I guess I want to be
tangy and yellow and
prepared like mustard