Friday, April 3, 2015
Stoop and Look
"But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb." John 20:11
Mary stood outside the empty tomb weeping. She knew the tomb was empty, but only by stooping down and looking into the tomb did she receive the revelation of glory! The tomb was empty because Jesus is alive!
Without the belief that Jesus is alive, Mary had no hope.
The word "stoop" is parakypto in Greek and it means "To look at with head bowed forward."
Mary received hope because she stooped or bowed her head forward. "Stoop" seems to me to be a kneeling position, the position of prayer. In the position of prayer, her viewpoint eventually changed.
Her understanding came as she knelt down and sought answers, slowly, each step revealing new enlightenment. She could not see the True Hope was right there in front of her. Hope was literally right there in front of her eyes. Jesus was standing there...ALIVE!
"Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus." John 20:14
Friends, I want you to know that Jesus is standing right in front of you. I know you may feel empty inside, but as long as the tomb is empty, we can be full!
The tomb is empty because Jesus is alive! Your circumstances may look dismal and bleak. It may appear that all hope is lost, but Hope is standing right there!
Bow your head and eventually everything will become clear. You will see Hope standing right in front of you.
Do you know what I love about Jesus? No weeping is insignificant. No tears are misplaced. He is standing by His beloved even when our vision is fogged or faulty. Even when we are blinded to His presence right in front of our eyes, He calls. He waits. He answers.
The Living Hope is standing right in front of you today. We soberly remember Good Friday and the goodness of our Lord and Savior Jesus. We reflect on the price paid for our freedom and salvation.
And we celebrate His glory and victory over sin and death! We celebrate the empty tomb! Jesus is not in the grave. He is alive and standing right in front of us!
Stoop down and look.
Happy Resurrection Sunday!!! He is ALIVE!!!