6.22.13 Rising Early & Staying Late With Christ

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John 20:1-10

On the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark. She saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran to Simon Peter and to the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put Him!”

At that, Peter and the other disciple went out, heading for the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and got to the tomb first. Stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying there, yet he did not go in. Then, following him, Simon Peter came also. He entered the tomb and saw the linen cloths lying there. The wrapping that had been on His head was not lying with the linen cloths but was folded up in a separate place by itself. The other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, then entered the tomb, saw, and believed. For they still did not understand the Scripture that He must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went home again.

This is the first Christian Sabbath. Mary gives us the right use of the day. She rises early and seeks Christ, and so should we.

Are your mornings filled with seeking Christ? It is a decision that will change your life forever; to purpose to rise early each and every morning to seek Christ first. Mary was the first to arrive, and will be the last to leave. In the passage tomorrow, she has the blessing of seeing not only angels, but Christ himself.

Mary also had her faults and shortcomings though, and so do we. When she runs to tell the disciples that the grave is empty, she tells them that someone took the body of Jesus away. She makes no mention to them that maybe he had actually done what he said and rose from the dead. We can be just like that can’t we? We are so easy to forget the words of Jesus in the midst of living life. But if we rise early and stay late with Christ, we will have the blessing of meeting him, even if we are forgetful hearers at times.

  • Do you rise early in the morning and seek Christ?
  • Do you stay late with Christ so that you can be sure to meet him?
  • Do you think that rising early and staying late with Christ will help us to not be forgetful hearers?

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