April 21, 2019 - Easter Sunday
Lisa Ishihara, University Chaplain, University Ministries
What?!? Jesus is gone?!? That can’t be?!? Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and couldn’t believe what she saw. The disciples found the cloth and linens, but Jesus was nowhere to be found. Sometimes it seems easier to look back and say, “Didn’t they get it?” But then I pause and realize, I think that there are times that I don’t get it either or I forget that Jesus really did rise on the third day, conquered death and invites us into this resurrection life.
My life is so full at times and I get caught up in my own plans. Sometimes I don’t realize that I’m trying to accomplish them in my own strength. In a way a part of me is probably doing it apart from the life-giving, resurrection power that God wants to freely give me… maybe this is on accident, maybe unconsciously, maybe on purpose at times.
At other times, life feels really hard, uncomfortable, unknown and uncertain. Maybe you can relate, or maybe there is another season you are going through, maybe a time of trial, doubt, grief, mourning or maybe celebration, joy, flourishing and thriving.
Wherever you are at today, God sees you. God is with you in your suffering, just as Jesus suffered on the cross. God is with you in your grieving, mourning and loss, just as the Father watched His son die. God is with you in joy and new life, just as Jesus resurrected and conquered death, inviting us into this life with God. There is hope! It is this deep love of God that enfolds us. You are worth this sacrificial love. You are valuable and invited daily into this resurrection-empowered life.
May your faith increase, may you be reminded you are not alone, and may you be encouraged today that "Christ is Risen!" "Truly; He is Risen!" “Peace be with you!” Amen.