Sermonette: In life's times of darkness
Imagine how dark the last few days had been for Mary Magdalene and the other followers of Jesus, as the reality of his death was setting in, realizing Jesus would no longer be with them.
Jesus has risen. He has risen indeed!
Matthew, chapter 28, verse 1 says, “After the Sabbath as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to the tomb.” A key word in that sentence is “dawning,” that moment in the day when the blackness of the night sky begins to turn somewhat grey and the shape of objects can be seen, but still the objects have no color. In life we can have times of darkness when life can seem hopeless and without joy.
Imagine how dark the last few days had been for Mary Magdalene and the other followers of Jesus, as the reality of his death was setting in, realizing Jesus would no longer be with them. They were now on their own. Perhaps they were having thoughts of whether the same thing would happen to them that had happened to Jesus. Was there a chance that they too would be executed on a cross? I wonder if they were experiencing feelings of sadness, despair, hopelessness, anxiety, fear, paranoia?
When we face those times of darkness in life, when our journey goes in an unexpected direction, we may experience many of the emotions and thoughts that Mary Magdalene and the other followers of Jesus did, during those dark days after his arrest and execution. Will our own darkness ever end? Matthew 28:9-10 says,” Suddenly Jesus met them and said “Greetings!”...”Do not be afraid, go and tell…” The good news of the resurrection of Jesus penetrated the darkness for the followers of Jesus. They had come to the tomb in the darkness of sin and death but left in the light of the risen Son.
Jesus knows the dark times we have in life, and he continues to encounter us in the Holy Spirit. It may seem like the dark times will never end, but the truth is, light will shine into the darkness and the darkness will cease.