Called By Name. . .
Several years ago, a major implication of the Easter story suddenly dawned on me! After years of life and celebrations of the resurrection, I finally realized a very important aspect of the story. An aspect that has great and powerful implications for women. Women of all ages, occupations and stages of life. Women in business or not. Women who may never have realized their unique position in the world created by our Heavenly PAPA! Something the church, as organized denominational doctrine we call “religion”, has failed to highlight in it’s celebratory retelling of the Easter story!
The Easter story is so much more than the miracle of the resurrection. It is revelation. Revelation at a personal level. Revelation that occurs because the risen Lord calls us by name. Revelation that makes the cross and resurrection life a reality to each of us at a deeply personal level.
Because He called one of His beloved by name. And when He calls us by name; we are apt to turn and see Him for the first time. . . as He really is. And when we do, the miracle of Easter is more than commemoration. It is a living miracle that changes us forever. . .
I encourage you to read the following archived post from April, 2015. It recounts an important Easter revelation the Lord made known to me that should be a source of encouragement and inspiration for women everywhere!
Mary ~ An Easter Miracle!
The past several years, my Easter post has addressed the fact that the resurrected Lord first appeared to a woman! I thought I would approach it a bit differently today, but I keep coming back to the miracle of that moment when He spoke her name – and she recognized him.
We don’t know which Mary it was who lingered in the garden outside the empty tomb. Historians tell us it was Mary of Magdala who was often depicted as a former prostitute. Doesn’t matter which one it was; the point is it was a “she” rather than a “he”. It was not Peter, James or John who Mary had summoned to the tomb when she found it empty that morning.
She rose early, packed a basket of precious ointments with which to anoint the body of her Lord. It was still dangerous on the streets of Jerusalem as Roman soldiers kept close guard on the unruly Jews celebrating Passover. They were especially vigilant this day because they feared the words of the crucified Jew who stated he would rise on the 3rd day after his death.
Mary was no stranger to danger. She traveled with Jesus, the disciples and a growing throng of folks who wandered with him as he went from village to village spreading a new message – a new “law” fulfilling the old Mosaic one. More than anything, she wanted to tend to his body that it might not rot and decay in the heat of the day.
It was cool in Joseph’s garden. Here they placed Jesus after the horrible events of Friday. . .Read the rest of the EXCITING Easter Miracle here!
Easter blessings to all,
Linda S. Fitzgerald, M.S.Ed, CEO & Visionary Partner
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