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A Wednesday Watch Message

from Pastor Ken

Who got an invite?

      Jesus could have first invited or revealed His Resurrection to anyone, but remarkably He chose a small group of faithful women. These women, despite the risk they were taking, went to anoint Jesus’s body in the tomb. They had no idea how the huge rock in front of the tomb would be removed, but their faith and love made them set out anyway. They were the first witnesses to the Resurrection—the first to share it with the world! Although they loved the Lord so much and had such great courage, it is remarkable to see how their faith was still limited. They did not yet believe in the Lord’s words concerning His Resurrection. Everything else Jesus had foretold about Himself had happened: His passion, the cross, and death. Yet, His words that He would arise from the dead had not yet penetrated their hearts. We understand from this that faith in the Resurrected Lord is ultimately a gift we receive from the Lord Himself. He reveals Himself to us as our Resurrected Lord. The lives of the Myrrhbearing Women, as well as the lives of all the apostles and saints throughout the centuries, were fundamentally and permanently changed by belief in His victory over sin, death, and the devil. Joseph was a wealthy nobleman who asked Pilate for the body of Jesus and buried Him in his own tomb, perhaps saving His body from being thrown into a pit after death as was done with criminals (which is what Jesus was considered). Nicodemus was a leader among the Jews, a Pharisee who believed in Jesus and visited Him in private. For their roles and obedience to Jesus Christ, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus along with the Myrrhbearing Women are commemorated as saints and examples of courage for us to remember.

Looking ahead to what Resurrection Faith has in store for us.

+P Ken

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