This season as I read the familiar accounts of the resurrection, my attention was drawn to the phrase, “Early on Sunday morning…” in each gospel. I recalled a very special early morning many years ago when I understood the meaning of Jesus’ resurrection for the first time. Jesus did not appear to me as he did for Mary Magdalene that morning of his resurrection, but I am sure I was just as amazed and forever changed. It was a time when I was wrestling with some important questions about life and faith. I was staying at a house in the desert and woke up just as the sun was coming up over the hills. It was the most glorious sunrise I had ever seen. I felt a peace and a presence at the moment and a complete assurance of Jesus’ love.
There is something about Jesus’ resurrection taking place early in the morning that is more than just a coincidence or a convenient moment. The word “morning” in scripture seems to hold a particular significance. In Mark 1:35, we read that Jesus himself rose early in the morning to pray. A few other beautiful and encouraging verses:
His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning. Lamentations 3:23
Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalms 30:5
Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Psalms 143:8
Morning by morning he awakens me and opens my understanding to his will. Isaiah 50:4
I am not a morning person, but in the stillness of the early morning, I sense those new mercies, the gift of joy can be found once again, I am filled with hope for the new day. Jesus waits for us each morning to give us a fresh, new vision for the day ahead as well as for our lives. His resurrection power continues. He is risen indeed!
(c) 2015 Diana Beaudry