What Jesus Did! 'Sunday Shake Up' — John 20:1-2

Monday, December 10, 2018

Early on Sunday morning Mary Magdalene went to the tomb {where Jesus' body was}. It was still dark. Mary saw that the large stone {that covered the entrance} was moved away. So Mary ran to Simon Peter and the other follower (the one Jesus loved very much). Mary said, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb. We don't know where they put him."
— John 20:1-2 NLT
Illustration of John 20:1-2 NLT — "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb. We don't know where they put him."

Key Thought

Ever have one of those Sunday's when you didn't feel like doing the "church thing" or facing the challenges of getting everyone ready and pointed in the right direction? Most of us have! In fact, some of my hardest mornings have come on Sunday! That was true of Jesus' earliest and most faithful disciples, too. They came to do a very hard and loving thing for their Lord; they came to anoint his body with spices. There are no words to describe how hard this must have been for them—their spirits crushed and their dreams dashed by the death of Jesus. Yet like many of us and our bad start Sundays, God would turn their hard morning into something precious and joyful. Yes, this Sunday started with horror and hopelessness, yet we know how it ended! So on your bad start Sunday mornings, remember Mary, Peter, and the disciple whom Jesus loved and their bad Sunday turned into a day no believer will ever forget!

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for the hard times. I confess that I don't like them, but looking back, I see where you have used those tough times to bring blessing, hope, and triumph from my heartache, sadness, and defeat. Thank you for not only raising Jesus from the dead, but for raising my heart to a place of hope and joy that earthbound sorrow and pain cannot erase. In Jesus name, and because of Jesus' victory, I pray with joy. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • James 1:2-4
  • Romans 8:28-30
  • Revelation 1:9-17


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.