The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus" (Luke 24:1-3).
The Lord's followers ventured to His tomb with spices because they expected to find decay rather than resurrection.
What do we expect of the risen Christ? Do circumstances, conditions, and situations find us "bringing the spices" to anoint death? Or do we bear the expectation of finding an empty tomb? Is the Lord Jesus the risen Christ in context of this troubling matter? Or that challenging problem? Or some perplexing dilemma? Or even a painful heartache or heartbreak? As we look at a a world ever fading into the darkness of its prophecied demise (before its ultimate redemption), do we direct our primary gaze Heavenward to see by faith an occupied throne where no anointing spices will ever be required? Yes, Christ is risen from the dead, and His surpassing life beyond death bears its mighty impact in every venue of our lives. "Because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in My Father, and ye in Me, and I in you" (John 14:19-20).
We may leave the spices at home. They will not be required at the empty tomb, or at the venues of life where the Prince of life awaits us in His risen glory. Let us rather bring a heart fragrant with faith to every blessing, every challenge, and every seemingly mundane moment that actually serves as opportunity to remember the promise - "I will rise again" - and its fulfillment - "He is not here. He is risen, as He said" (Matthew 27:63; 28:6). Yes, the Lord Jesus Christ is risen from the dead as the hope of the ages, and as the hope of hearts fragrant with the faith to know He will be found alive in all things.
"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God."
Weekly Memory Verse
Because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying Abba Father.