S (Scripture): Matthew 27:62 The next day (which is after the day of preparation) the chief priests and the Pharisees assembled before Pilate 63 and said, “Sir, we remember that while that deceiver was still alive he said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 So give orders to secure the tomb until the third day. Otherwise his disciples may come and steal his body and say to the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead,’ and the last deception will be worse than the first.” 65 Pilate said to them, “Take a guard of soldiers. Go and make it as secure as you can.” 66 So they went with the soldiers of the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.
O (Observation): The chief priests and the Pharisees (Jesus’ main objectors) come to Pilate and ask that a security detail guard the tomb for three days, because they may fear that the disciples might pull a fast one on everyone. They fear the disciples will steal Jesus’ body away and say, “See! We told ya!”
Some tried really hard, even in Jesus’ death, to NOT believe that Jesus truly was the Son of God. Obviously, no security detail was needed. Jesus was raised despite their failed attempt to prove otherwise.
A (Application): Sometimes, I want to see the proof…the undeniable objective truth of God. Something tangible…something I can taste, touch, smell, see, hear.
Then I think…
I tasted the bread and wine (the body and blood of Christ), while at worship at Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, Stone Mountain, GA, yesterday:
I touched the baptismal waters as we shared the peace at our Easter Vigil last week, waters in which God is present at our baptism:
I am reminded that God was present in the pillar of cloud by day and fire by night during the Exodus, when I smelled the smoke from our backyard fire pit the other day:
Then I sit back and think…there…I see God there, in the beauty of creation… Here’s a picture I took while on vacation last week:
I hear of God’s love and protection for and between me and Kelly, and I hear mine and Kelly’s spoken promises, as we re-affirm our wedding vows to one another as we celebrate 15 years of marriage (in the spot in which we were wed). This pic was taken yesterday (4/3/16):
So…maybe I have sensed God’s presence in real and tangible ways. Perhaps this is God’s grace for all of us. Perhaps God chooses to allow us to taste, touch, smell, see, and hear God’s grace for no other reason than to come down to our level…and help us believe.
In what ways have you sensed God’s presence, lately? In serving others? In worship? At home? On vacation? I’d love to hear where you are sensing God’s presence.
P (Prayer): Lord, we thank you for revealing yourself to us even in these days in which we live and breathe and have our being. Amen.