“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” Galatians 2:20
by Marcy Wehrman
Rising from the dead is hard. Impossible, really. That’s why we need Jesus. Dead things just stay dead without him.
Have you had any dead things in your life lately? Have you maybe felt a little (or a lot) dead yourself? Anything needing resurrection in your world? I have to confess that over the course of the past couple years, there have been many “tomb moments” for me. Those have been the times when my life has felt like perpetual Good Friday. I have found myself feeling like what made the most sense was to crawl inside the tomb next to Jesus. He’s dead, I’m dead. Let’s just sit in death for awhile. It’s cold and dark in there, and the stench threatens to suffocate. It’s also quiet, and I’m close to him. The noise and chaos of the world is drowned out by the silent waiting. I know resurrection is coming, but I also know that dying is a requirement. So I curl up on the stone slab next to him and wait. My tendency is to want to stay there awhile. Like I said, it’s quiet in there, and though it’s uncomfortable, at least I know what to expect.
But before long I notice that I’m alone in there. I’m lying on the cold stone by myself. I close my eyes with the intention of holding on to the atmosphere of the tomb. Sometimes I just enjoy the stillness of it. And Jesus, in his lovely, compassionate, and patient way lets me be there – for just a little longer. But then he says, “Okay, my love. It’s time to get up. I didn’t stay and neither can you.” He reminds me over and over again that the tomb is not where we are meant to be, at least not for very long. We have the resurrection power of the Living God coursing through our bodies. The tomb cannot and should not hold us anymore than it could contain him!
He rose. We rise. So you can visit the tomb from time to time, especially in remembrance, because resurrection doesn’t happen without death. But don’t stay too long. He didn’t.