Sorrow to Joy

Hope Restored

It had been a long, grievous night, filled with tears, sorrow and grief over the loss of the loved One. Mary woke early and made her way to the tomb where His body had been laid. As she approached the tomb, she noticed something wasn’t right, and immediately she began to pick up the pace to see what was going on. The stone was rolled away. The body was not there. In shock and aiding to more grief, she began to weep, beckoning anyone she spoke with to give her the body saying “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” (verse 15). She was willing to take on the weight and burden of the body of Jesus to satisfy the depth of sorrow in her heart and soul. Yet, through the tears, broken heart, utter grief- One voice spoke to her soul. A familiar voice that she had recognized before, spoke her name. It was He who she was looking for, Jesus. In that very moment, the weight of the pain was lifted, her sorrow was turned into joy, and whom she was searching for had been found.

… to him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before then; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. John 10:3 & 4

As the Lord calls each of us by name, He beckons us to the same as Mary.

If you seek the Lord your God, you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and all your soul. Deuteronomy 4: 29

Our Shepherd is calling you today, are you listening with your heart? Are you seeking?

Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. John 16: 20

Join us by reading the week of Passion reading plan, as we consider the sacrifice and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Click here to print the PDF.

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