This is my watchword for the Easter season. This is a great time to pause and remember the ways Jesus has shown His love to you during the past year. What are the times or situations since last Easter that you have sensed His presence or received His passionate covenant love and kindness or basked in His intimate goodness? Thank Him for those moments and journal your great gratitude for Him alive, present, and active in your life and in your world.
There can be some seasons in life in which it can be hard to really “see” Jesus. When Mary Magdalene met Jesus at the garden tomb after He had been risen, she didn’t “see” Him (John 20:11-18). Of all people, she knew Him so well that she should have recognized Jesus immediately, but she didn’t. She thought He was the gardener. Jesus was there for her, but she just couldn’t see. But then Jesus said her name “Mary,” and she immediately knew it was Jesus.
This Easter be blessed to know and appreciate the many ways Jesus is present for you, even if you think He is just the gardener. Ask Him to open your eyes to know Him as His words burn within you on your road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35). Remember a time when you were toiling away at your ordinary duties, and Jesus addressed you gently as “Friend” and then did something so awesome that you knew immediately that it was He (John 21:1-7).
Read the Easter week narratives in your Bible from your spirit, as if for the first time. Ask God to immerse you deeply in some of the other rich imagery of Easter… “be there” as the triumphant King enters to waving palm branches, “be there” at the Passover meal, “be there” in Gethsemane with the agonizing submitted Son, “be there” at the cross with your crucified Savior, “be there” seeking your Lord in the garden.
Be touched by the thought in a song from decades ago: He paid much too high a price for you to be merely inspired but not truly changed.
© 2011 by Sylvia Gunter and Elizabeth Gunter. An archive of past devotionals is available on the website. www.thefathersbusiness.com