Since we are still celebrating our Savior rising from the dead, I have chosen Mark 16:7, "Go, tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you."
Jesus' disciples needed to hear this good news of the resurrection more than anyone else. After all, their fall from grace had made the loudest crash. Regardless of what they deserved to be called, the angel did not call them "traitors," "cowards," or even "underachievers." After all that had happened, they were still called Jesus' "disciples." It's not because they'd merited the name. They were disciples because of His grace toward them.
The same is true for all of us. We have all given Jesus good reason to distance himself from us, to make a clean break from us and leave us behind. And we need so desperately to hear the good news of a living and gracious Savior, who in his mercy still rejoices to call us his disciples.
The empty tomb was evidence of promises kept; it was evidence of Jesus' divinity and victory over death. The empty tomb meant for them and us: a fresh start.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Thank you for sending me your Holy Spirit, living Savior, so that I may rejoice in the new life of Easter and live each day in your service and to your glory. In your holy name, I pray. Amen