Mary’s announcement on that first Easter morning to the disciples changed everything. Her eyes were opened and she beheld the Risen Lord. She departed upon Jesus’ command to share that news and encounter with the disciples who, as we will see in this Sunday’s reading, were huddled in fear. Her words brought hope and an anticipation of what was to come as they went to Galilee to encounter Jesus themselves. I keep going back to the verse above this week, because it is our proclamation also. We, who have seen the Lord and have turned to Him, are forever changed by Him and through the working of Holy Spirit in our lives.
Like Mary, we are called to bear that message to others. We too can share that we have seen the Lord. It has been a powerful Lent and Holy Week that moved many hearts (as many have shared with me). And in the household of faith at Saint Barnabas, we can share with one another the ways we have seen the Lord at work in our lives. Over coffee hour, in small groups, and men’s and women’s groups, take time to share ways you have seen the Lord at work in your life in the past weeks leading up to Easter. Press on beyond conversations of weather, family, and sports to share the ways you have seen God at work in your own life and the encounters you have had with Him. When we do so we encourage one another, spur one another on in hope, and build one another up in the Faith.
In sharing our stories and experience they begin to spill over into the world around us. When the disciples shared with one another what they had seen and encountered in the days following the Resurrection those events spilled out of the Upper Room into the streets and alleys of Jerusalem. God worked through those accounts, as we see in the pages of Acts, to transform the world. May it be so with us!
I saw the Lord at work in our church these past weeks through the camaraderie and unity, the passion and faith we experienced as we were all moved to tears on Good Friday, and the full church on Sunday morning as we gathered to celebrate the triumph of Jesus’ victory over sin and death in our largest Easter attendance yet, as we surpassed the 200 mark. I have seen the Lord, and I see Him in you. I am so thankful to be in your midst and I would love nothing more than to hear how you have seen the Lord this Easter. May your hearts be spurred on in hope, steadfast in love, and moved to action as we desire others to discover what we have seen and encountered through Jesus Christ our Lord!