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Lent, Day 37 – Go and tell them quickly.

Today’s reflection comes from Rev’d Willie. Our video reflection today comes from my daughter Anna.

Christ is risen:

John 20:16-18
Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

There is nothing distinguishes us from one another more than our accents; the very unique intonation of our voices. With a blindfold on we could probably all tell who our friends are by just hearing their voice.

The beautiful familiarity of Jesus and Mary meant that there was no mistaking it when Jesus said Mary’s name on the first Easter morning.

A recognition of voices that proved they were faithful friends, knew eachother well and checked in with each other regularly. They spent time in one another’s company and knew the very sound of each others voices.

This is the great privilege of the resurrection narrative; we can check in with and keep company with our Lord, because he is our living Saviour. A Saviour in a grave is no Saviour at all, BUT, WE HAVE A LIVING LORD.

For YOU and I there are THREE challenges of the this resurrection narrative from John’s gospel.

  1. The challenge of how familiar we are with the voice of Jesus and likewise him with ours?

Does heaven recognise our voice because we are prayerful Christian’s who endlessly natter to the Lord? Do we know the sound of Jesus voice because we endlessly listen to him as we read Scripture?

Are our Bible’s used? Do we even know where our Bible is or do we even have one? If you no longer know where your Bible is, text me privately today and you will have one by the end of the week!

We need to hear Jesus’ voice; he was sure of that and said “man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord”.

“Somehow we are only half alive without the living words of the Bible”.

My phone has voice recognition. It can dial a number by me just saying “phone X” or “phone Y”. I have trained my phone to recognise my voice. Does heaven recognise our voices or indeed us heaven’s voice?

A living Saviour waits for us to call on his name; he is alive waiting for us to draw near to him. The great news of Jesus being alive is that he is here for us and waits for us to step towards him. ‘Come close to me and I will come close to you’ is his message to us!

Secondly. Jesus words tell Mary to go and share her news with his brothers that he is alive. The lovely use of the word brothers is that corporate reminder to the body of Christ that Jesus sees us as his very family, but more than that these words make it clear that Jesus does not want any secret made of his resurrection. It is news of sharing. Shout it out: “Jesus is alive”.

As God’s people we are often selfish with this good news. Selfish with the news of our living Lord. Foolishly selfish; it is by far the most hopeful message of Easter Day. Jesu being alive means death and grave have been conquered; the wages of sin which is death have really been paid. The “price is paid”. “He gave his life as a ransom for many”. This words of the faith community of the New Testament mean Paul could say “Death where is your sting? Death where is your victory?” Death is defeated….good good news!

THIRDLY we are challenges by Mary’s personal testimony. Part of Mary’s sharing of the Good News of the Resurrection was to declare “I have seen the Lord”. This is something we can say as those who call ourselves Christians. We can share how he has moved in our lives and in the life of the Church in saving us and answering our many prayers.

Let’s take Mary’s example here and go with this news that Jesus is alive, but also go with our own experiences and stories of Jesus in our own lives.

For us this Easter Morning we can share this news by what’s app, by text, by email, by phone. We are frustrated that we can’t meet to share it personally, but we are privileged to have a plethora of means of communicating our excitement that we serve, follow and live for Jesus who is risen from the dead.

A resurrection which in 1 Corinthians chapter 15 Paul underlines as the guarantee that we too will be raised with Christ on the last day. Paul calls Jesus the ‘firstfruits’ of many. He writes ” so as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive”.

I am convinced that heaven has rarely heard the prayerful voices of so many people, as in these last three or four weeks. Let us make sure that heaven is still hearing our voices when this passes. Do not check in with the Lord in the valley and forget the risen Jesus on the hilltop!

We live in an age of technology and communication is now easier than ever. I encourage us to proclaim today to everyone in our phone contacts and emails contact lists, that Jesus is alive and declare boldly:

“Today I rejoice because I serve a living Saviour and Friend in Jesus”.

Mary knew Jesus voice and Jesus knew her voice. Let’s make sure that we live in the light of the resurrection and check in daily with Jesus in both our prayers and in his word and let’s commit to telling the story of our meetings with him to all who would listen. Some wont want to listen, but that isn’t our concern.

Our call from God is to “Go and tell them quickly”. (Matthew 28:1-10).

God bless you my dear friends and happy Easter to you and yours.

Remember dont be selfish; share the message:
“Today I rejoice because I serve a living Saviour and Friend in Jesus”.

Christ is risen:
He is risen indeed. Hallelujah!

Have a blessed Easter.

Rev’d Willie.

Video to be added soon

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