Christ is risen! What does this mean to how you are living your life today? How are you interacting with the risen Christ as you do what you are doing?

If we’re not careful, we go through a typical day relying on our own wisdom and strength without appreciating that the grace of God is with us — we react to situations without following the Spirit’s leading or joining with his love and power.

“Awake my soul!” the Psalmist urges himself (Psalm 57:8). May our minds and hearts awaken to the opportunity at hand, which is the open nail-pierced hand of our risen Lord.

This little devotional will help you participate intentionally in the life that Jesus is right now living all around you. This is the last excerpt from a series of Scripture meditations and applications I’ve written on the ancient Stations of the Cross.

Jesus’ Resurrection is Announced to the Women at the Tomb

Read Scripture

“When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body… They saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

“’Don’t be alarmed,’ he said. ‘You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you’” (Mark 16:1,4-7).

Pray Scripture

Lord Jesus Christ, you’re alive! You were crucified for us and you’ve risen from the dead! You’ve brought us God’s forgiveness and new life and you go ahead of us wherever we go, to care for us and guide us in your peace.

O Risen Christ, forgive me for the ways that I have not worshiped you, as the women did on that first Easter morning. Roll away the stone in my life that blocks my vision from seeing you alive and working with me in all that I do. And give me courage to share with others the Good News that you are the Savior and Lord.

Reflect

In which situation of  your life are you struggling to see the risen Christ at work? What large stone in your life needs to be moved so that you can better appreciate Christ with you?

Take up your Cross to Follow Jesus

Remove the activity or relationship that is distracting you from worshiping Christ in your midst and being a witness for him to others.

Breathe a Prayer

“The risen Christ goes ahead of me into _______” (~Mark 16:7).

More Soul Shepherding

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