Posted by: springsinthedesert | June 13, 2012

Remain In Him

And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.

1 John 2:28

I was going through a most popular scripture from the Bible…the first appearance of Jesus after His resurrection(John 20). How many times have I heard sermons from this portion and yet Holy Spirit forced me to stay there at few verses and made me meditate the scene in my imagination. I knew then and there that He wants me to look at this scene in a different perspective and thus bring forth today’s devotion.

I invite you to come with me to that empty tomb of Jesus. Its pretty early and still dark..and I see Mary Magdalene running to the tomb. She could not sleep the previous night after witnessing that terrible and cruel death of her savior on that cross. She did not think about the time, her limitations as a woman or even the reaction of Jews. All she could think was about her savior. But to her surprise, she could see the big stone rolled away from the tomb. What would have happened to Jesus’ body? Did someone take Him? On her way back to the disciples’ house, she pondered.

Listening to her cry, Peter and another disciple ran to the tomb. We read in John 20:4 that the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. He stooped down and saw the linen lying there, but did not go in. While standing outside the tomb perplexed and confused, Peter arrived and went directly into the tomb. He saw the linen lying there and also found something more….He saw the handkerchief that had been around Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. But since the truth of resurrection was not revealed to them yet…they did not understand what happened and they left the tomb and went back to their homes..to their comfort places.

Now, the next verse struck me real hard and made me think…”But Mary remained outside the tomb weeping…” The words REMAINED WEEPING has tremendous meaning attached to it…To remain means to await..to be left to….to continue in the same state. She remained outside the tomb with the same burden…”Where is my LORD?”….She stayed back in that night, while everybody left…thinking that she could somehow find Him…she remained even though there was no hope…just because of her love towards HIM. Just like the other two disciples…she stooped down the tomb and she saw something different…not the physical evidence of a desperate situation…but a heavenly affirmation of a future hope and glory. Mary could have returned to her home just like the other two, yet she remained and became the first witness of resurrected JESUS. Oh..we serve a God who satisfies hungry and weeping souls.

How is our reaction when we face a desperate situation in life? Do we run to meet Him and seeing that things are not favorable at even the first glance…stand outside…perplexed and doubtful in the whole situation?…or do we take the courage to face it and see more evidences of HIS purpose and plan…but at the end go back to our comfort zones…not willing to remain in Him? Are we like Mary…taking the decision to remain in Him..no matter what…no matter whether there is hope or not…to await in Him and see the heaven respond to your earnest desire…to see JESUS resurrected for YOU. The more you remain in Him, the more revelations you’ll receive…You will know heaven’s purpose about your heart’s concerns, if you choose to REMAIN IN HIM. Turn around..Jesus is standing very close to you…to call you by name and tell you the Good News that HE IS ALIVE …FOR YOU.

In Him,

Rani John

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