1Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. 4The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. 6Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, 7and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. 8Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10Then the disciples returned to their homes.
11But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 12and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). 17Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.
- What does this Scripture say about God?
- What does this Scripture say about life?
- What am I hearing in this Scripture?
- What am I going to do with this Scripture?
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Use these conversation starters to talk about life and God with your kids, spouse, or friends during the week! A great place to do this is at the dinner table. There’s one prompt for each day of the week!
Tuesday: Read the Scripture passage together.
Wednesday: What do you think Mary, Peter, and John felt when they saw that the tomb was empty?
Thursday: If I saw an angel, I’d feel…
Friday: What does resurrection mean to you?
Saturday: If Jesus called me by my name, I’d feel…
Sunday: Why is Easter so important?
Monday: What have I heard from God over the past week?
This practice allows you to listen to the Scripture for the week and to open yourself up to God’s voice in that Scripture.
- Click on the audio link above and listen to the Scripture. As you listen this first time, ask God to point out to you a word or phrase from the Scripture.
- Click on the audio link above again and listen to the Scripture a second time. As you listen this second time, ask God to reveal to you the holy intentions for this word or phrase that is being spoken into your life.
- Click on the audio link above again and listen to the Scripture a third time. As you listen this third time, ask God how you might respond to this word or phrase being spoken into your life today.
Meditation: Look at the image above. Can you think of a time when someone close to you told you something special? Maybe it was a secret only you were allowed to know. Perhaps it was a word of encouragement and support that you needed when you were feeling low. Or maybe it was a word of affirmation when you had accomplished something you had worked very hard at. Words, spoken by a beloved person, can have an unbelievably positive impact on us. Imagine what Mary felt when she heard Jesus speak her name. It was only one word, but the most personal word she could have heard. What we wouldn’t give to hear the voice of those we have lost to death speaking our name just one more time. And then to realize that Jesus was no longer dead, but alive! That he would speak that name again and again, each time speaking life into her! We can speak life into others as well. Each time we share a word of love on behalf of our Lord, we are spreading the hope and healing power of the resurrection. What word of life do you need to hear from Jesus today? Can you hear him speaking your name in love? Who do you know that might need a word of life spoken into them? As you hear the voice of Jesus, be the voice of Jesus for another.
Spiritual Practice: Witness
Mary Magdalene becomes the first witness to the resurrection and the first person to preach the full Gospel message. We all have an opportunity to witness to the living Christ through the way we have experienced him. Take a moment and reflect on how you have experienced Jesus in the fullness of his resurrection power. Write a couple of paragraphs that tell the story of you and your Lord. How has Jesus changed you and made you who you are? Prepare the Gospel of You and think about how you might share this good news with others – both verbally and through action.
Breath Prayer: LORD God, speak life into us.