April 2nd, 2018 — IGNITE

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I pray this finds you still filled with joy and hope after just having lived through another  Resurrection Day. I pray that your day spent in worship and with family and friends will carry through today and everyday this week. But here’s what I know: we’re back at  work… we’re back at school… we’re back to our daily routines and yesterday’s event, though grand and spectacular, are going to have to stay there because we have things to do… places to go… people to see… and we have no time to waste. Oh, we won’t forget about the Resurrection, but it won’t be the highlight as it was yesterday.

Today, in my Bible reading, I was reading of Joshua taking the people of Israel over the Jordan River to get to Jericho and the Promised Land (Joshua 3-5). What caught my eye, and made my mind spin, was God telling Joshua to take a man from each of the 12 tribes of Israel and have them pick up a boulder from the middle of the Jordan River and bring it with them to shore. Then they were to set them up, one of top of the other, and make a memorial. And here’s what Joshua said to them…
“Let this be a sign among you, so that when your children ask later, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ then you shall say to them, ‘Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD… these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever.” Joshua 4:6-7

That heap of stones was to be a talk piece for family and friends as they were reminded of the great things God had done for them as they entered the Promised Land.

Well, it seems to me that we might not have a heap of stones to talk about, but we certainly have a stone to talk about after yesterday’s events. You know, that big one that was rolled in front of Jesus’ tomb and sealed, with soldiers stationed around it to keep anyone from stealing the body of Jesus. Ya, that stone!

That stone which took quite a few men to put into place but only One to move it aside. That stone that protected the Lord’s body for three days. That stone that obeyed it’s Creator’s voice and made way for the coming out of the Risen King.

You see, Resurrection Day is not over. It should never be over in our lives. We should still be talking about it. If we don’t, I know another group of stones that will – they will cry out.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Resurrection Day is only over if you want it to be over. But it is the greatest day in history. It’s why you can celebrate. Jesus is not here! He has risen! Who you going to tell?

Father,
Don’t allow me to keep the Resurrection of my Savior all to myself – they stone reminds me of that. Jesus in Your name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen