S (Scripture): John 20:Early in the morning of the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 She ran to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they’ve put him.” 3 Peter and the other disciple left to go to the tomb.
O (Observation): Confusion! Holy confusion. What was going on? Jesus was dead, that much was known. Mary and others expected Jesus’ body to be there. Instead, she is confronted with an empty tomb…stone rolled away.
Perhaps he’s been taken away???
A (Application): The moment before a significant breakthrough can be full of fear and worry. We all know that Jesus has risen, but those first few moments for Mary and the rest would have been totally disorienting. And the only thing they can think of is this: Jesus’ body was taken, maybe even to be desecrated.
What might this teach us about our hopes and dreams? Perhaps we don’t know exactly how things will turn out. Perhaps we will be surprised or fearful. No matter the circumstances, we can remain hopeful.
When night draws in and we fear the worst, perhaps we can step back and see how God may be up to something bigger and better than we could have ever expected.
P (Prayer): Lord, guide us into an everlasting hope, leaning on the work you do in our baptism. Amen.