A Redeemer who wants to meet with us!

This weekend we celebrated the Risen Jesus!  What a beautiful day it was, to gather with God’s people and celebrate His rising from the dead, and His invitation for all to receive His gift of Love!

The resurrection is named in all 4 gospels – it’s helpful to read them all, to gain a fuller picture of that glorious day.  I love my parallel Bible, showing the gospels side by side, to make the comparisons easier.

In my study of the resurrection this week, I came across a portion that’s only mentioned in the book of John, in chapter 20.  We read of Peter and John, coming to the tomb after the proclamations of Mary Magdalene that the Lord’s body was not there.  Peter and John actually enter the tomb to see for themselves the empty place where Jesus was laid.

As they return home, Mary remains behind…

We read beginning at verse 11 of John 20:

“Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.”

…one at the head, and the other at the foot.

My study[1] pointed to another scripture, perhaps a foreshadowing of this resurrection event.  In Exodus 25, we read of the tabernacle; the instructions that God gives for the building of the ark of covenant – which represented the very presence of God among the people.  They are to make two cheribum (angels), one at each end of the cover.

It sounds a little like the resurrection scene – “two angels, one at the head and the other at the foot. “

We read in verse 22 (Ex.25):  “There, above the cover between the two cherubim that are over the ark of the covenant law, I will meet with you…”

…I will meet with you…

God wants to meet with his people.

Jesus always has been, is now and forever will be the means by which God the Father chooses to meet with humanity…

…with you and with me…

…between the cheribum…

…in that tomb, where He conquered sin and death, and He rose again.

This is a power we cannot comprehend, the power of the resurrection.

And yet all of us have a story that needs to meet with this kind of power – the power of resurrection.  God ordained from the beginning of time that He desires to meet with His people…

…in the garden He created for them,

…in the tabernacle in the wilderness,

…in the good news of Jesus Christ and His resurrection,

…and in the eternity that is to come.

He wants to be meet with us.

This weekend, we’ve probably sung some songs of victory… we’ve proclaimed a Risen Lord.  But perhaps we’ve not met with Him in a personal way, in our inmost being.  Maybe we have some stuff that is making our journey difficult today.  Maybe we need a meeting, between the cheribum…

In this moment, in the quiet of this space, I invite you to meet with Him.  Meet Jesus in this place…  He’s been waiting since the beginning of time to meet with you.

Blessings for your week!

[1] Beth Moore, Jesus the One and Only, LifeWay Press, Nashville, TN 2000


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