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Sunday, April 24, 2011

MARK - Remember Me

Setting: A garden.

Speaker: A disciple.

Time: About two thousand years ago…

"He is risen.

He is risen indeed."

Today I sit in astonishment at the entrance to an empty tomb. I've been here for a couple of hours, ever since Mary came rushing into the room where we were hiding. She had the most preposterous story! Jesus' body was gone – vanished! These were the very words she shouted – at least after she was able to catch her breath…

Peter and John ran to the tomb. They didn’t come back.

So, I decided to check things out for myself. Hey, they don't call me "Doubting Thomas" for nothing, you know!

She was right – Jesus' body isn’t here. I’m puzzled…confused…scared.

It was just the other day that we were celebrating the Passover meal with Him. We met in quite a large room – it was already set up!

Jesus was rather quiet. And He said some disturbing things.

He said one of us would betray Him.

Yes, it's true – Judas did sell him out. But, we all betrayed Him in our own way. We all ran when He needed us the most. And when He was crucified, I was hiding.

Like the coward that I am.

But, the strangest thing of all that He said was this (Today’s "Bible Pick 'Ems"):

"As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it into pieces and gave it to his disciples, saying, 'Take it, for this is my body.' And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And he said to them, 'This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice for many.'" (Mark 14:22-24)

I've been puzzling over these words ever since.

And now I'm sitting here trying to figure the whole thing out –

Eight days later…

OK, I thought I was confused before – now I really am! Now all my friends claim they have seen Jesus alive, and in the flesh.

I told them, "I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side."

They were terribly frustrated with me – accused me of having no faith. They're probably right. But, I want to have faith – I want to believe. It just all seems so impossible.

So now we're gathered together again. They're excited. I’m forlorn. Oh, would that it was true!! Dare I even hope???

"Peace be with you."

I look up. Is it Him??? It's HIM!!!

I'm suddenly overcome with fear and awe and joy – all at the same time. I fall to my face on the ground.

Then He turns to me.

"Thomas, put your finger here, and look at My hands. Put your hand into the wound in My side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!"

And I do.

"My Lord and my God!" I exclaim.

Today is Easter Sunday, dear friends. It is a day of joyous celebration. Today our precious Jesus rose from the dead. Having completed His purpose on this earth, having sacrificed His life for us, having borne all the sins of the world on His bloodied shoulders – He now rose in triumph from the grave!!

He defeated sin – He defeated death. He defeated our enemy.


"Do this in remembrance of Me."

Oh Lord, we will remember You today – and we will remember You every day.

We will never forget You, or what You did for us.

For You remember us…

"See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands." (Isaiah 49:16)

"I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand."
(John 10:28-29)

(Celebrating Easter Sunday with Charlotte and Ginger at Spiritual Sundays, and Peggy at Super Sunday. Also, please feel free to visit my other blog during the week, Sharon Sharing God)

"When in doubt, search God out!"


  1. This should have been here... right?

    Blessings Sharon... remember me? (Thanks I knew you might)

    What a beautiful RISEN Savior we celebrate today in remembering Him and loving Him as He so loved us! Your capacity to reach the heart with your words always amazes me and brings me back to fill up my cup again and again over here. I am blessed and delighted in you and your gift of writing!

    Now I'm not in the garden or sitted at an empty tomb... oh know I'm sitting at the table He has set before us... I'm so grateful for ALL He gives me and that my name is written on His palm actually carved.

    I'm so very thankful that my days of being a doubting Thomas or a Peter that denies Him are getting less and that He has drawn me into His arms and embraced the good and the bad in me. Really He has defeated the bad so that I may live, so since my enemy is defeated and it.is.finished, I must LIVE an intentional life that flourishes by His Spirit rather than wrestling in the muck and yuck...

    You have tied this altogether so beautifully! I can see the power of the Resurrection rising! Glory! Jesus lives! Hallelujah... the tomb is empty, He is risen and "now we can face tomorrow"... all fears and doubts are gone,
    BECAUSE HE LIVES ...life is worth the living! And HE TOUCHED ME through YOU today! I'm so glad WE can celebrate HIS RESURRECTION and pray for others to REJOICE with us and join us knowing Jesus!

    Glory!!! Believing... trusting,

  2. Standing with Sharon in prayer today as You give eternal life to those we lift to You in prayer for their salvation. We do not want them to perish. No one can snatch them or us away from You for You are more powerful. We release them into Your Hand dear Father and ask that they come to You through knowing and accepting Jesus, and His powerful Resurrection today! Salvation belongs to the Lord. May they receive Your salvation yet today for some "Rock" You may lay in their way or need to use to get through to them, but rock them into Your loving arms and draw them unto You! I thank You that You hear Sharon's prayer and mine... at Your Lighthouse

  3. Yes, Lord we gladly REMEMBER! Thank You!

  4. Faith is such a small word for being so powerful.

  5. Well written, Sharon. Almost like a dramatized version.

    I will never forget and neither will He.

    hugs on this precious celebratory day
    Patrina <")>><

  6. I love your scripted remembrance. I suppose if I had been there in that season, like Thomas I would have required more than just words. Like the other disciples, I would want to see him too!

    I am grateful for the Word, alive in Scripture and alive in my heart that gives witness to the truth of Christ's resurrection. Truly, every day is Easter with Jesus!


  7. I can see how they were so confused. How exciting it must have been for them when they realized it was really true. He's alive.

  8. My prayer is to never be a doubting Thomas, but to believe every victory purchased for me on that cross. Thanks for the reminder Sharon.

  9. Hi Sharon,
    Praise God, He is risen!
    I was reading this morning about Doubting Thomas. Much of the time we are like Him, we read the Word, know what it says yet until we see, we do not believe. It comes in many ways like we are told to give to the Lord of our first fruits, but we say times are hard and I need the money.

  10. Peggy - How very kind your comments are! Thank you so much. This was the thing I loved the best that you said - "I must LIVE an intentional life that flourishes by His Spirit rather than wrestling in the muck and yuck..." Oh yes, indeed. That is the deepest desire of my soul. That I live the life that Jesus died for, by the power that raised Him from the dead!

    Ginger - Such a profound thought! Faith - it encompasses all that really matters in life. The blessed Hope we have, the confidence that God's promises are all true, the expectation of a glorious future, the anchor that ties us to our Savior. A powerful word, indeed!

    Charlotte - I can't believe the turnaround they must have felt in their emotions! Even 2,000 years later, it's still very exciting to all of us, isn't it? Remembering Him leads us to His cross, leads us to His empty tomb - leads us to LIFE!!

    Patrina - Thanks so much for stopping by! Isn't it completely reassuring to know that even if we forget Him, He will never forget us - never leave us, never forsake us. I'm so glad that I depend on the One who never changes - who is the same yesterday, today, and forever!

    Toyin - I sometimes have to battle my inner "Thomas" - I have moments of doubt. But I suppose my heartfelt prayer is this - "I believe, Lord. Help my unbelief!"

    Ken - I think you've brought up a very good point. There are many areas where we exhibit unbelief. Yes, we trust the Lord for the "big things" - salvation, eternal life. But, do we believe Him in the small things? Tithing is a huge example of where we might be tempted to not believe that He will take care of us if we obey. Great insight.


    He is risen - He is risen indeed!


"So I have been greatly encouraged in the midst of my troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives me new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. How I thank God for you!"
(1 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

Thanks for your comments - it is such a joy to be sharing my journey with friends like YOU!