Extract from Our Daily Bread
According to Jim and Jamie Dutcher – film makers known for their knowledge of wolves – when happy, wolves wag their tails and romp about. But after the death of a pack member, they grieve for weeks. They visit the place where the pack member died, showing grief by their drooping tails and mournful howls.
Grief is a powerful emotion that we’ve all experienced, particularly at the death of a loved one or a treasured hope. Mary Magdalene went through this experience. She had belonged to Christ’s supporters and travelled with Him and His disciples (Luke 8: 1-3) But His cruel death on the cross now separated them. The only task left for Mary was to finish anointing His body for burial – something the Sabbath had interrupted. Imagine how Mary must have felt upon arriving at the tomb and finding not a lifeless broken body but a living Saviour! Though she hadn’t at first recognised the man standing before her, the sound of her name spoken by Him told her who He was – Jesus! Grief instantly turned to joy as Mary now had joyful news to share: “I have seen the Lord!” (John 20:18).
Jesus entered our dark world to bring freedom and life. His resurrection is a celebration of the fact that He accomplished what He set out to do. Like Mary, we can celebrate Christ’s resurrection and share the good news that He is alive! Alleluia!