Lent Devotions 2019 – Day 39

REFLECT – Day 39:

When I read a book or listen to an audio recording of one, I am the person who needs to get to the end of the chapter so I have a bit of closure. However, it’s a false desire because good writers will ensure that every chapter leaves you hooked, so you jump straight into the next one. 

In a similar way, Jesus death was like the end of a chapter, but with a tantalising hook drawing you forwards to the next one.

Today’s passage is Luke 24:13-35. Take some time to consider how Jesus calls them to look beyond his death and beyond his suffering. 

Jesus draws near to two disciples on the first Easter morning as they walk away from Jerusalem in their grief. Slowly, they recognise him through the gift of friendship and community, as they explore the scriptures together and in the breaking of the bread. 

In this passage, the poor in spirit are blessed. The mourning are comforted. The peacemaker restores these two disciples to the community in Jerusalem.  Those whose hearts are pure see God. The fearful find hope and courage. 

The Beatitudes only make sense because the death of Jesus is not the end of the story. It odd to think that something can come after such an event. Let’s try not to lose the sense of how miraculous this is, just because we’ve heard about what comes next throughout our Christian journey. 

Suffering and death give way to resurrection and joy. Jesus’ own resurrection is the most powerful sign that all death will be reversed for all who trust in Christ. 

The promises of the Beatitudes rest on the resurrection. Death and decay and despair are overcome. 

A new song of hope begins. 

Almighty Father,

who in your great mercy gladdened the 

disciples with the sight of the risen Lord:
give us such knowledge of his presence

with us, that we may be strengthened 

and sustained by his risen life…

Collect for the Third Sunday of Easter

Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs today (and every day if you can) as a celebration of resurrection.