“For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.” -Psalm 30:5

Because we live in the victory of the cross and the resurrection we can always rejoice in the morning. Just imagine that very first Resurrection Sunday.

Before the sun came up, Mary Magdalene had run to the tomb. She had waited through the Sabbath and could no longer be parted from her love. Even if was only to weep at the tomb, she needed to be near Him.  However, she did not anticipate finding Him gone; the stone on the tomb moved and no body within. Her loss multiplied and her shock setting in, she ran for help. The men came equally full of questions and surprise and left more bewildered. The natural fails to comprehend the Spirit of God. Jesus’ on-going confrontation with humanity was unfolding a new dimension. Resurrection.

New life was breaking out. In the tomb folded neatly were the cloths of death. Rolled and set aside, removed and disempowered. The cloth from his head separated and folded. He would not be contained by death; the restraints have been removed. Now it is time for all of humanity to share this freedom!

As the men left bewildered, Mary remained. Two angels appeared at the foot and the head of the place where Jesus’ body had been;

“‘Dear woman, why are you crying?’  they asked.” – John 20:13

As she turns to leave, she is confronted by Jesus. He too asks the same question. With the clothes of mourning and death still wrapped around her soul, she has not yet comprehended the totality of God’s mercy. She has been fixed on the loss. She has been unable to see the Light of Life that is now breaking forth.

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“‘Mary,’ Jesus interrupted her.” – John 20:16

It happened so quickly – mourning turned to rejoicing. She grabbed hold of Him!
Jesus’ love for her was so full and true that before He went to the Father, He came to her to lift her up. God’s restoration of humanity was beginning. From small measure to large outpouring it was coming. It began with the restoration of women. Mary was the first witness of the risen Lord. The first woman in the garden had carried a false witness of God. This woman in the garden would bear the true witness of God. Restoration was beginning in fullness.

Remove the grave cloths of mourning from your soul! He is Risen! Turn mourning to rejoicing for He has done it and His visitation to us is a loving confrontation to come into our new season.


Gwen Gibson serves as the Pastor for the HOPE CENTER—the place at HRock where we encourage and offer hope for those struggling through the tough places of life. It is her joy to help others discover the freedom they long for and know how much they are loved by God.

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