Mark 15:46 – “And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.”
So many expected the rolling of that stone and the closing of that tomb to be the end. Many still believe today that the grave was the end for Jesus and that it will be the end for them as well. By the grace of God, I know that my Redeemer lives! What exciting news this is! This means the grave is never the end for true believers, just like it could not stop Christ our Savior from rising again. He has risen so that we too can rise and have eternal life with our Heavenly Father. What an undeserved privilege that is! This passage in Mark of Jesus’ burial brings me great comfort and peace each time I experience a loss or think of my own earthly passing because I can be confident in life after this. This world is not our home and as believers we are merely passing through. The gravity of our Lord’s sacrifice is something I think of often and praise God for the price that has already been paid. In thanksgiving, I offer my life back to the Lord because all that I have is already a gift from Him. I pray that you too trust that Jesus Christ has died on the cross so that we can truly live. Let’s make sure our lives reflect the gratitude we have because of this truth. My Redeemer lives and He is risen! Death cannot hold our Savior. He’s already made the sacrifice to win over your undeserved salvation too. As I allow this to sink in today, I pray that you will as well! Rest in His work on the cross, friends, and know that there is so much more goodness in store for us who believe.
For this entry I used the devotional to cut out a tip-in that I wrote out a prayer on the back. I washi taped that into my margin after adding some watercolors for a background. I knew I wanted to highlight “the grave is not the end” from the devotional so I wrote that out on the page and framed it with the beautiful palm leaves in both green and black ink for contrast. I added some of the wording stickers from this month’s kit to highlight “He is risen” and “My Redeemer lives” since those are the two reflections that stood out from this passage. A few added hand-lettered pieces finished off the entry with lots of bold statements I wanted to remember. This page will now forever be a great comfort to me because of the hope in this truth!