He [Jesus] led them out of the city over to Bethany. Raising His hands He blessed them and while blessing them, took His leave, being carried up to heaven. And they were on their knees, worshiping Him. They returned to Jerusalem bursting with joy! – Luke 24:50-52
Jesus had been crucified, died before their eyes, and raised to life again. They had experienced days of despair and confusion, as well as, wonder and joy. But now what? Could they go back to the way things were before? What was “business as usual?”
No, nothing would ever be the same again. Jesus led them out of the city – out of their comfort zone, out of familiar territory. He blessed them, giving them everything they would need to go on without His physical presence among them. Now it was up to them, they could either leave the “Easter experience” behind them or make this “Resurrection Sunday” the very beat of their hearts, the blood that would pump through their veins and sustain them.
It was a new beginning which they started on their knees, worshiping Him, and the result was the ability to go back into their world “bursting with joy!” Will your heart beat with Easter tomorrow?
Hallelujah, You arose! Defeating death and despair so that I might have a life worth living. Thank you for Your love, Your grace, and Your intimate relationship made possible for me. I will strive to be worthy of all that You have sacrificed for me.
Don’t let this be the end of your journey. It is just the beginning. Review your Lenten journal and all that you have discovered during this time. Celebrate the joys and blessings you have experienced, acknowledge any disappointments or sorrow. Build on this experience. Continue reading the Bible, keeping communication open and seeking His will for your life. All of life is a journey and you have a final destination in mind. The paths you choose, the company you keep, the adventures you undertake, are all up to you. Choose wisely.
-Sue Breland, Journey Through the Cross: Meditations for Lent ©