SEIZE THE SOLACE DAY 9: John 20:1-2

On the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark. She saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she went running to Simon Peter and to the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said to them, “They’ve taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they’ve put him!”

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Walking a balance beam on the floor is easy, but walking it 100 feet in the air is suddenly not easy. Understanding Jesus seems easy in church, but walking with Him when we are being tested is suddenly not easy. Jesus had told his followers repeatedly about His coming resurrection, but they all seemed to have forgotten. Mary Magdalene was the first to the tomb that morning, but it would take an encounter with angels and even Jesus himself for her to understand. Even Peter would take two trips to the tomb that morning. However, even this confusion proves something. The disciples did not steal Jesus’ body and fake the resurrection because they were not fully convinced of it themselves at first. This theory persists today and even that theory proves Scripture. It was first spread in Matthew 28:13!

Your kids and grandkids may face greater difficulty than you did in following through with their faith. They may grasp intellectually the message of Scripture while tuning into a Highlands Community Church group or sermon, but then face an overwhelmingly daunting pressure when it comes time to live out that Scripture among their classmates and peers.

Reassure them from your own experience. If you can do so with a clear conscience, show them how fine the water is on the other side of their outward expression of coherent Christianity – Christianity that abides with all of Scripture.

Was there a time when, like Mary Magdalene, you had a hard time remembering by the tomb what you once knew to be true by the dinner table with Jesus?

Pray: Ask God to imbue your kids and grandkids with the blessed assurance that supersedes the world’s intimidations upon young, biblically orthodox Christians.