Friday 19th April

Matthew 28:5-7 Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.

We may well arrive at the empty tomb this Easter Sunday full of fear and confusion. Like the women on that first Easter Sunday who came looking for Jesus but found him in a totally different way and place, they arrived fearful, confused, sad and overwhelmed. They left with joy and hope filling their hearts, following after Jesus who goes ahead of us and always makes a way for us even when it seems impossible.

The thing I find fascinating about the beauty of the resurrection is that no-one knows the exact moment it happened - there was no dramatic earthquake or lightning bolt, but quietly in the middle of the darkness God was at work, changing the course of history and changing our lives.

Know that this is true for you today, in the midst of darkness and sometimes seeming quiet from God, he is at work, he is making a way, he is the God of miracles and he is bringing transformation to our lives, our communities, our church, our city and our culture for his glory.

STW Derby