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Easter Monday, a rest…

10 Apr

One of the many things I miss about living in London is Easter Monday. All banks are closed; all financial markets and a number of restaurants. It is a day of rest and reflection- from busy works and family; from travel. Easter Monday is, then, for rest. And the women who walked with Jesus illustrate this-

Luke 23…’Going to Pilate, he ( Joseph of Arimathea ) asked for Jesus’ body. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. 54 It was Preparation Day,and the Sabbath was about to begin.

55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.’

‘But they rested…’’ Seeing Jesus’ flayed, tortured form, seeing their beloved teacher without life, how did these women respond?

Going to their home, they prepared salves for their teacher’s disfigured body and face. And then thy rested. How?

They trusted in the scriptures, in the word. They were obedient to their faith, their teacher’s parables and word.

Luke writes ‘But …’ He was surprised at their rest, yet he was instructed by their examples. In the midst is sorrow, rest in the promises of the word, the scriptures. In deep distress, have the faith to be obedient…

Our Lord wants us to enter into rest: his rest. Stop, pause, reflect.